Hamilton, Darlene

Darlene Margaret Hamilton (nee Maggotte), 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Woodyatt, Ont. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.
She was born Jan. 12, 1945 in Savant Lake Ont. to the late Jessie and Gordon Maggotte.
She was united in marriage to David Hamilton in 1962, and they started a family soon after in Savant Lake with the first of their two children. In 1965, they moved to the family farm in Woodyatt, where Darlene and David brought six more wonderful children into this large family.
Darlene had many passions but her favourite pastime was having her large extended family around her, and any reason to cook a big turkey dinner was tantamount to a wonderful day spent.
She always was available to help out with grandchildren. They meant the world to her. Ask her how many she had and she would say as the number grew, “I have lots” and then laugh.
Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild were important to her, and she made each one feel special and loved.
Together, Darlene and Dave actively ran the farm until 1985, when they sold off the remaining livestock and focused on gardening until this, too, they set aside in later years.
Instead, they focused on more leisurely pastimes, such as spirited rummy games and cribbage, watching her Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday nights or her grandchildren playing hockey at the local rinks in the winter, and fishing on the Rainy River beside their home in the spring, summer, and fall.
Dave and Darlene loved their little road trips into Emo, Devlin, or Fort Frances, of which they made several. It kept them in touch with friends and family and all the goings on in the neighbourhood.
There always was a funny story to be told about their trips—many times a story about how Mom did something “silly again,” like trying to climb into someone else’s vehicle in the parking lot and then laughing away as she told her story.
She loved to make people laugh and liked nothing better than to be a part of that funny story.
She will be missed—her laughter, her smile, her stories, her large dinners to keep family close.
Darlene is survived by her loving husband, David; her children, Ann, Jenny (Rudy Biasiol), Debbie (James Kostick), Billy, Cheryl (Bill McEvoy), Valerie (Greg Parliament), and Justin (Chelsey); and grandchildren, Jaclyn (Garrett Doornwaard), David, Tyson Gill, Ryan and Rhylie Biasiol, Jessie and Carly Schaum, Tanna Audette and Mya Hamilton, Liam McEvoy, Aidan and Ella Parliament, and Logan, Evan, and Jaycie Hamilton.
She also is survived by her great-grandchildren, Olivia Gill and Caleb Polonoski; and step-granchildren, Alex, Ashlee, Grace, and Tyler Kostick and Hannah Doornwaard.
Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Bruce and Lynn Hamilton; sister-in-law, Norma Lundy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special mention to nieces, Laura Hamilton and Cathy Belmore, and all the support and assistance they gave to their beloved auntie in these last few years.
Darlene was predeceased by her son, Gordon John Hamilton; parents, Jessie and Gordon Maggotte; siblings, Lorne (Julie) Williams, Allan, Fred (Eva) Williams, Florence (Steve) Belmore, Barbara (Alex) Maggotte, and Archie Maggotte; in-laws, Bill and Clara Hamilton; brother-in-law, Frank Lundy; and sister-in-law, Carol Hamilton.
A celebration of life was held Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
Visitation was at 10 a.m., with Brother Greg Scott presiding.
Interment will take place in the Emo Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that in memoriam donations be made to the TBRHSF-Northern Cancer Fund c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com