August 7, 1923 – October 20, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Kathleen Hamilton announce her passing on Sunday, October 20th, 2019, at the age of 96.
Betty was born in 1923, near Wolverhampton, England. In 1943 she joined the WRNS (Womens Royal Navy Service) during WW2 where she worked as a Steward in the mobile unit. In 1945 she married John Hamilton, a Canadian Seaman serving overseas, and they welcomed the arrival of their first child in England. In 1946 they boarded the final voyage of the SS Aquitania which brought them to Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and they settled for a short time in Ontario. They remained in Canada and raised their family, John’s career with the Armed Forces had them living in many provinces over the years. In 1992 they purchased a home in Golden BC where they remained until their passing’s. Betty enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; bowling, singing in the choir, baking, reading, quilting, chatting with friends and family. Her door was always open to those who stopped in for a tea and chat or cold Ginger Ale. Right up to her last days she especially looked forward to Saturday afternoons when she and her friend Pat would spend the afternoon sipping tea and having a good tongue wag. Her birthdays became a regular celebration for family gatherings bringing them together in Golden from England and other parts of Canada.
Betty will be lovingly remembered by her four children, Janet, Arnold (Sheila), Mark (Kathy) and Ruth. Betty will also be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many who adopted Granny as their own, by her brother Oliver Johnson, nieces and nephews and by numerous friends in Golden. She was predeceased by her husband John in 2015, to whom she was married for 70 years.
Family and friends whose lives Betty touched were invited to come for tea, an informal gathering at the Golden Baptist Church on Saturday, October 26, 2019 to remember and reminisce.
Betty’s final request was for the family to gather once again in Golden BC for a “Bang Up Wake” which will take place at her home on Mother’s Day 2020. At this time the family will select a location to scatter her ashes.
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