|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1916|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 2003|
Virginia Ruth Clark Hamilton, 87, a former long-time city clerk for the city of Dorris, died June 30, 2003, at her Klamath Falls residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd with Bill Davenport officiating. Concluding graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakville Cemetery in Shedd, Ore.
Mrs. Hamilton was born April 14, 1916, at her grandfather Clark's home in Powell, Neb.
Her father Minor Townsend Clark was a country farmer and her mother, the former Myrtle Catherine Payne, was the local school teacher. They met at a box social in the spring of 1915.
Her family farmed near Fairbury, Neb., and later at Stuart, Neb., before moving to Albany, Ore., in 1929.
It was there that she learned the valued of hard work by milking cows before and after school. She graduated from high school in Albany in 1934.
That same year, she married Kenneth Hamilton and they settled on a farm in Shedd.
However, during the early years of their marriage, they moved often with her husband pursuing farming employment while she was a cook at Camp Adair, a U.S. military base.
During World War II, her husband worked as a machinist in the shipyards in Portland and Long Beach, Calif. He also managed a remote mountain ranch in the Trinity Alps of Northwestern California, where she was employed by the government as a "spotter" to be on the lookout for enemy aircraft.
In 1945, they moved to Dorris. Her husband was employed there as manager of the historic "D" ranch and she as the cook. They later moved from the ranch into the city of Dorris.
Mrs. Hamilton was appointed city clerk and subsequently was elected and re-elected to the position, which she held for 21 years. She later was judicial clerk for Judge Victoria Thaler for five years until retiring in 1981.
While city clerk, she was the official greeter for the city and, on many occasions, loaned personal funds to stranded travelers and also put up some of these travelers in her home.
She was an expert marksman with the Butte Valley Rifle Club and founder of the Butte Valley Ambulance Service, for which she served as a first responder and emergency medical technician for many years.
In addition, Mrs. Hamilton was active in Republican Party political activities.
During her retirement years, she was an active member of Rebekah's Lodge in Klamath Falls for a period of time and enjoyed family activities, tending her garden, and watching television game shows.
Before his death in 1977, she and her husband traveled throughout the United States.
Survivors include her daughter Nancy Joan Maltzan of Dorris; grandchildren Von and Jackie Maltzan of Salem and Richard and Lisa Mucheck of San Clemente, Calif.; great-grandchildren Megan and Kenneth Mucheck and Garrett and Shannon Maltzan; and numerous other relatives.
She also leaves her special friends and loving caregivers for the past three years, Ken and Kathy Summers.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Mary Kathryn Mucheck; son-in-law Kenneth Maltzan; her brother; and her sister.
Memorial donations may be made to Butte Valley Ambulance Service, Dorris, CA 96023.
Herald and News
Klamath Falls, OR
Thursday, July 3, 2003
Note: The obituary above came to me from townsendburial
Note; This would be their son-in-law Kenneth Albert Maltzan
Ancestry.com, Oregon Death Index 1898-2008, online, "Electronic,"
Name: Virginia Clark Hamilton
Birth Date: 1916
Death Date: 30 Jun 2003
Death Place: Klamath
Minor Townsend Clark (1887 - 1973)
Myrtle Catherine Payne Clark (1895 - 1940)
Kenneth Porter Hamilton (1911 - 1977)*
Mary Kathryn Hamilton Mucheck (1941 - 1996)*
Plot: 49 E, Grave 7
Created by: Bob & Sandi Hamilton
Record added: Dec 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101657208