Helen Hamilton

Died: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 04, 2017
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley

Funeral Ceremony

10:30 AM Thu., Oct. 05, 2017
Location: United Methodist Church - Oakville

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Helen June Hamilton, age 95, most recent resident at Bickford of Burlington and formerly of Morning Sun after being displaced from Oakville due to the flood of 2008, died Sunday morning, October 1, 2017, at the Klein Center of Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  The daughter of Arthur and Monica Shelby Carpenter, she was born on June 24, 1922 in rural Columbus Junction.  Helen married Donald Leroy Hamilton on November 30, 1946 in Morning Sun.  He preceded her in death on February 26, 1986.

Helen’s family moved to Comstock, Nebraska when she was 3 years old.  She graduated from Comstock High School in 1939 and moved to Iowa at the age of 19.  She was a homemaker and devoted mother.  Helen was a member of the Oakville United Methodist Church and the UMW, the American Legion Auxiliary #489 of Oakville for 66 years, the Goodwill Club of Toolesboro, the Oakville Community Club, the Louisa County Historical Society, and the Hamilton Walters Marine Corps Reserve Auxiliary.  She had volunteered for the Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, and the election board for many years.  After moving to Morning Sun in 2008, she attended the United Methodist Church their and helped in the Clothes Closet.  She joined the Pitch Club and the Home Club.

Her family includes a son, Brian Hamilton of Muscatine; two daughters, Jill & Curt Rechkemmer of Cedar Falls and Donelle & Randy Lineburg of LeClaire; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandson.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; a son, Stephen Craig; four brothers, Charles, Arthur, Walter, and Harry; and five sisters, Virginia, Ruth, Elizabeth, Louise, and Donna.

The funeral ceremony for Helen Hamilton will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the United Methodist Church at Oakville with Rev. Carl Benge officiating.  Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Morning Sun and a lunch gathering to follow at the Oakville Community Building.

The family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.

Memorial gifts will benefit Habitat for Humanity and the Wapello Food Pantry.

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Jill Peterson
   Posted Sun October 01, 2017
So many wonderful and sweet memories of Helen. She was one of the most kind, gentle, and genuine persons I have ever known. I only got to see her and her family when my family came from California to visit my grandmother, Frances Swan, but the Hamiltons were a huge part of our visit- and Helen was the reason. I will always remember lovingly and be grateful for how she looked after Grandma and the care she gave her for so many years. I got to see her again in Oakville 4 years ago and it was the highlight of my trip. To me, she hadn't changed in all those years in so many ways. A truly beautiful soul. God Bless you, Helen. You have been truly loved and appreciated by all of us.

Janet Elzine
   Posted Sun October 01, 2017
I'm sad for you Donelle😔

Patricia Doane
   Posted Sun October 01, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Pat Doane.

From Sister Donna's family: Robert & Linda Eggleston, Dennis & Helen Eggleston, Edward Eggleston and Pat & Roger Doane Our deepest condolences to the family of our beloved Aunt Helen Hamilton

Tara Poggemiller
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
My prayers to all the family

Jeanette and Adam Caudle
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
our deepest condolences to Helen's family.

Semper Fi Helen.

Melodie Fox
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
My Aunt Helen married my mother's brother. She always got busy working to make the world better in myriad ways. She also gave herself time off when she finally had to. Helen was a wonderful friend to my mother, and one of the best home cooks I have ever known. Thank you for all your love, Aunt Helen, both tough and sweet.

Steve and Joanna Reno
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
We were saddened to hear of Helen's passing. She was our daughter's babysitter in Oakville when I taught there for many years. She even taught Shannon to write her name. Helen was a wonderful woman and has always had a fond place in our hearts and family. She will be missed tremendously.

Bill Leider
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
Sad to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. My family and I thought the world. Rest in peace.

Brad and Mary Carpenter and Phil and Mary Carpenter
   Posted Mon October 02, 2017
We are all sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and all of the family. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We loved Aunt Helen and love all of you.

Love Brad Mary Phil and Mary

Alana Poage
   Posted Tue October 03, 2017
Deepest sympathy to Helen's family and friends. She was a kind and compassionate woman and will be missed by many beyond her intimate circle.

John Carlson
   Posted Tue October 03, 2017
I've known Helen every day of my life and that made every day special. Craig and I started kindergarten together on the same day, played Little League together and left for basic training together. Our families were such good friends. Helen was incredibly helpful to my mom during her illness and she was there for my dad when he was alone. Mom and Dad always said, and I agree, nobody ever had better neighbors and friends than Helen and Don. I will miss her and be forever thankful for her friendship.

   Posted Tue October 03, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to your family at the time of Helen's passing. She was a wonderful gal to all. Hugs to all. Sincerely, Rick and Maxine Mabeus

Fred and Bonnie (Waterhouse) Richard
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
Our hearts are saddened by the death of Helen, but we rejoice that she is no longer in pain, and this sweet and caring child of God is now at how in Heaven. She truly enriched everyone's life by her quiet, caring, and loving spirit....as well as her wonderful sense of humor.
Some people will never be forgotten and Helen is truly one of these.

Sending love and prayers to her family.
Fred and Bonnie

Marvin Swafford
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
Helen was one of the sweetest persons I have ever known. As my folks passed she never missed helping with support of my whole family. As I returned to Oakville for a visit it was my highlight to visit with her. She continued to show so much love over the years that I will never forget. She was all about helping others. My prayers go out to her family in this tough time.

Bill and Bonnie Cline
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was a special lady, always friendly, always helpful to all. Our prayers are with all of you.

Jean Bermel
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
Brian & Jill:

Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I always enjoyed visiting with her at the Oakville Church. It was a pleasure to deliver daffodils from Mary & Gene Campbell (behalf of American Cancer Society) when she lived in Morning Sun.

Mr & Mrs Billy (Brenda) Freitag
   Posted Thu October 05, 2017
We are so sorry about you loss. She will be greatly missed by all of us. We send are prayers She condolences to her family. She was a Lady with a heart of gold to everyone. Just remember she lives on in our hearts and memories. R.I.P Helen.

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