August 11, 2011

VERA RUTH HAMILTON
(7/26/1926 - 8/3/2011)



Vera Ruth Hamilton, 85, of Arbela, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011, in the Emergency Room at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

She was born July 26, 1926, at Fairfield, Iowa, to Otto Orville and Blanche Elizabeth Wright Day.

She was a graduate of Granger High School in Granger, Missouri, class of 1944. Following graduation, she worked at the JCPenney store in Keokuk, Iowa.

Vera married Howard Stanley Hamilton April 23, 1949, at the Methodist Parsonage in Keokuk, Iowa and to this union three children were born.

She was a member of the Arbela United Methodist Church and served as secretary for the Ladies Aide Group for many years. She was a member of the Educational Club and a card party club. Vera provided numerous hours of volunteer time for 4-H clubs when her children were involved in those activities. She enjoyed sewing, was an avid reader and enjoyed poetry. She received her greatest enjoyment when spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Howard, of Arbela; a daughter, Debra Sue Goff and her husband, Scott, of Memphis, Missouri, two sons: Curtis Guy Hamilton and his wife, Karen, of Crystal Lake, Illinois; Max Stanley Hamilton of Memphis; four grandchildren: Abby Goff, Stacie Goff, Katie Hamilton and Nick Hamilton. Other survivors include a sister, Leona Oliver of Salem, Oregon; five brothers: Donald Day and his wife, Juanita, of West Point, Iowa; Rodney Day and his wife, Doris, of Gorin, Missouri; Earl Day and his wife, Carol, of Abingdon, Illinois; Bert Day of Branson, Missouri; Richard Day and Karen Van Cleve of Salem, Oregon; a sister-in-law, Corrine Day of Altoona, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Johnny Johnson, of Hugo, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Opal Marie Day and Esther Johnson and a brother, Robert Day.

Funeral services were Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Homer Poor officiating. Music was provided by Elaine Forrester, vocalist and Angela Westhoff, accompanist. Burial followed the service in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in rural Scotland County. Casket bearers were Glen Cowell, Brian Consbrock, Dennis Day, Tom Day, Steve Kirkpatrick and Arlo Trueblood.

To honor Vera's memory, a memorial may be made to the Arbela United Methodist Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Online condolences may be made to the Hamilton family by logging on to mmphisfh@nemr.net. Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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