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.