Ida E. Hamilton, 92

FEB. 4, 1919-DEC. 28, 2011

December 30, 2011
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Ida E. "Sis" (McGowan) Hamilton, 92, of Hagerstown, Md., passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at her daughter's home.

Born Feb. 4, 1919, in Washington County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Nelson W. and Ida V. (Marshall) McGowan. Her husband, John D. "Boonie" Hamilton, preceded her in death on March 6, 2003.

Ida was employed by Dorbee Manufacturing in Hagerstown where she worked as a presser for 20 years, retiring in 1970.

Ida loved taking car adventures with her husband through the mountains and to Florida. In her spare time, she also enjoyed putting puzzles together and sewing.

She is survived by three daughters, Beatrice Andrews, Deloris Marshall and Barbara Hamilton, all of Hagerstown; three sons, Richard Hamilton and his wife, Audrey, of Tallahassee, Fla., George Hamilton and his wife, Janice, and Wayne Hamilton and his wife, Joyce, both of Hagerstown. In addition, Ida is survived by three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ida was preceded in death by a sister, Annabelle Forsythe; and two brothers, Charles and Oscar McGowan.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. The Rev. Dale Carver will officiate. Final resting place ceremonies will follow at Samples Manor Cemetery near Sharpsburg, Md.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the funeral home. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open after noon on Monday.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in memory of Ida to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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