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Esther May Hamilton 01/02/2017

SOUTH ATTLEBORO – Esther May Hamilton, 92, of Cumberland Avenue passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at Golden Living Center in Attleboro after a brief illness.

   She was the beloved wife of Leon C. Hamilton for 49 years until his death in 1998.

Born May 19, 1924 in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late Paul A. and Ida (Beal) Wirth.

Esther grew up in Mansfield and was a 1943 graduate of Mansfield High School.  She received an associate’s degree from Providence Bible Institute which later became Barrington College.  Years later she returned to Barrington College and received another associate’s degree in Children’s Ministry.

Esther served as a chaplain with New Dawn Ministries for several local nursing homes including Golden Living, Oak Hill and Canterbury Woods.

Her calling, however, was “child evangelism” and she ran numerous vacation bible schools for local churches including over 20 years at Hornbine Baptist Church in Rehoboth.  Throughout her ministry, she belonged to several churches including Cushman Union, Cumberland Community Methodist and was a longtime member of Woodlawn Baptist Church where she was married.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses: L. Carlton Hamilton and wife Lorraine of Millville, Paul A. Hamilton and wife Carol of Cumberland, RI, George J. Hamilton and wife Marlene of Chico, CA, Lorraine S. Fowler of West Warwick, RI and Susan L. Sirois and husband Steven of North Smithfield, RI;

9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was sister of the late Paul A. Wirth, Jr. and Marion I. Ross who both passed away in 2016.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, January 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.  A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at the conclusion of visitation at 12 noon.  Burial to follow at Newell Burying Ground in South Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Dawn Ministries, 500 Mendon Road #200, South Attleboro, MA 02703.



#15 Merryl Havens 2017-01-16 01:25
Esther served in the nursing home ministry for 31 years thru New Dawn Ministries, the last several as a credential Chaplain. She brought the Love of our Lord to those confined in nursing homes and assisted living homes. The residents LOVED her and felt God's love for each of them by the way Esther ministered to them.
Thank you Esther Hamilton for sharing God's love so effectively. Thank you to her 5 children and spouces for the love you showed your Mon as she really appreciated it. New Dawn Ministries is stronger because of you.
Love, Merryl Havens, Executive Director of New Dawn and Esther's friend.
#14 Merryl Havens 2017-01-15 04:17
My dear friend served for 31 years in the local nursing home ministry thru New Dawn Ministries, Inc., the last several years as a fully commissioned Chaplain. She brought the love of our Lord to those who could not easily attend their local church by leading Chapel Services in their nursing and assisted living homes. She always had time to pray for each individual who wanted it.
Esther brought joy to all she touched. I had no idea how much I would personally miss her, but I do know that she is with our Lord rejoicing with her late husband Leon, as well as her sister Marion and brother "Artie". Thank you Esther for sharing your life with me as well as those around you. My our Lord bless your 5 children, their spouses, children, grandchildren, as well as the great grandchildren.
#13 Merelyn Smith 2017-01-12 13:12
I will dearly miss Mrs. Hamilton. I was friends with her daughters Lorraine and Susan as we all attended Woodlawn Baptist Church. Every time I saw her throughout my life, she always wanted to know how and what I was doing. Since I have been in China, she has been a great supporter. I was so happy to be able to visit her this summer when I was in the US. I will miss her beautiful smile. Her love for the Lord was so evident in her life. Now she is with him singing praises with all her heart.
#12 Jack & June Rowan 2017-01-08 22:41
A great lady who loved the Lord. We will miss her.
#11 Pastor Doug Laird 2017-01-07 13:36
"Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones (Psalms 116: 15 NASB)."
#10 Cheryl Paine 2017-01-07 02:06
Aunt Esther was always doing kind things for others. We will miss her.
I am sorry the weather is stopping us from being at her service tomorrow. Cindy, Aaron and I did have a wonderful visit with her Dec 13 when she was in the hospital.
#9 eileen h polonczak 2017-01-07 00:35
She had a full life here on earth now she will be enjoying the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I can see her jolly smile and excitement of praising and singing in her new heavenly home. It was always a joy when she visited us at Darlington Congregational Church. She will be missed for now but one day we will all be together.
#8 Elizabeth MacBurnie 2017-01-06 23:00
This sweet kindheart woman was my Aunt and I will miss her! When I came home to visit we would make a point of getting together for breakfast. She said that she loved us all but felt it all the more since my parents passed. She was especially close to Cheryl's son Aaron."I just love that Kid" and he loved her!
#7 Gail Jannerelli 2017-01-06 16:12
I am so sorry to have read the passing of Esther. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor to the people on Cumberland Ave. She was always there to lend a helping hand to my mother in need. They were such great friends.

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you, at this difficult time.

Gail and Paul Jannerelli
#6 Marcia Larson 2017-01-06 15:15
Esther and I go back to 1970 when I became a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. Throughout the years we have kept in touch in various ways. Esther loved the Lord and served Him for many years in various ways. She will be missed by her many friends and family
#5 Bob Peterson 2017-01-06 14:51
There's a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place,
And I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly Dove,
Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love.
And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise;
Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived,
When we shall leave this place.
#4 Bob Peterson 2017-01-06 14:51
My sincerest condolences to the Hamilton family on the home going of Esther.
My fondest memories of her was seeing her beaming face in the front row of CCMC whenever I sang with Paul in the choir, or The Mountain Top Quartet, singing right along if she knew the tune. Her countenance always let you know she was listening intently.
And now, we can rejoice in the knowledge that she is with our Lord and Savior saying: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!"
#3 Janice Aspinwall Car 2017-01-05 13:32
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Esther for a very long time as I went to Woodlawn Baptist Church for many years with my family. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Janice Aspinwall Carter
#2 Sandra Baldwin 2017-01-04 04:27
I had the privilege of working with Esther many years of Vacation Bible School (VBS) at the Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene in Pawtucket many years ago. My children also attended the VBS at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Pawtucket where Esther also worked. Just to mention two of the many VBS's Esther taught in every summer. Now for the past 5 or more years I have had the privilege of sitting with Esther on many Sunday mornings at the Cumberland Community Methodist Church. Even tho she couldn't see the print in our hymnbooks it didn't matter to Esther She knew EVERY hymn by heart. She has been a wonderful friend, a blessing in my life. She will never be forgotten. Her inspiration lives on in the many of us that have been made a better person by knowing Esther. auc2m
#1 Judy Ryder 2017-01-03 22:49
It was my pleasure to work with Esther for many years as together we served the Lord by holding services in nursing homes, she as their Chaplain, I as her accompanist. The love she spread to countless dear ones in their latter days cannot be measured. She brought many to a deeper understanding of God, enriching their spiritual lives, and gave liberally of her abundant love to each one. How she will be missed by family and friends alike! Psalm 116:15...

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