Former Ninilchik resident Gloria Marie Hamilton died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at her home. She was 76.
Funeral services will be held at Anchorage Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert A. Young will officiate. A memorial service will be held at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.
Mrs. Hamilton was born in Pine City, Minn., on Dec. 27, 1925, and came to Alaska in 1944 via steam ship with her mother, Mabel Woodhead.
She met and married her husband of 50 years, Elbert (Al) Hamilton in 1946 while working at the White Spot Diner in Anchorage. They worked and raised their family for more than 30 years in Anchorage before retiring to the Ninilchik area of the Kenai Peninsula where they became founding members of the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center.
"Gloria never knew a stranger. She embraced people as she embraced life, with caring and humor. She loved to cook, crochet, knit and play games -- especially cribbage," her family said.
"She loved her family dearly and was proud of her children and grandchildren and the paths they chose. Her great-grandson was the apple of her eye and a great joy in her life."
Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert E. (Al) Hamilton Jr.
She is survived by sons, Gary and Richard; daughters-in-law, Yvette and Aeja Kim; granddaughters, Desrae, Elizabeth and Christmas; and great-grandson, Jonah.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Gloria Hamilton can be made to her favorite charity, World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in conjunction with Anchorage Funeral Home.
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