EVELYN ANN HAMILTON was born April 25, 1931 in San Diego, CA. She was the second of five children born to Ozie Lee Simmons and Ethel Marie Ford. She was educated through the San Diego Unified School District attending Logan Elementary, Memorial Junior High, and San Diego High. When Evelyn was 21 years old her mother passed away, so she took on a parental role in caring for her younger sister Dorothy, ensuring she finished her education and putting her through nursing school.
Evelyn married Hubert Hamilton, from Seminole, OK on July 4, 1959 after meeting on a blind date two years prior. This union produced three children, the oldest Elyse and twins Maurice and Marilyn. As a Navy family, Evelyn and Hubert were stationed at Pearl Harbor for two years before returning to the mainland. Through the years, Evelyn worked for the San Diego Unified School District, Convair (now known as General Dynamics), and after several years of service went on to retire as a valued employee of Union Bank in 1991.
She was a faithful member of Logan Temple AME Zion church for over 60 years. As a member of Logan Temple, Evelyn was involved in various ministries and functions which include the Hospitality Club, being a Class Leader and Trustee Member, and was on the Financial Board. Her biggest accomplishment at Logan Temple, however, was faithfully making her children go to church as each of them, in God’s timing, accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and her husband eventually joined the church and began attending and serving as well. Through various challenges in her life, Evelyn put her trust and faith in God her Rock, and He always brought her through.
Evelyn had many pleasures in her life – she enjoyed dancing and was involved in quite a few dance contests as a youth. She enjoyed tending to the roses that grew in her front yard, she loved putting up Christmas decorations, and enjoyed going to the Del Mar Fair. She enjoyed attending various social functions and events with friends and family, including her annual high school reunion with BFF since junior high, Lallene Burns. Evelyn was also a faithful friend, maintaining relationships that have lasted decades. She also became quite the traveler later in life – traveling to North Carolina to visit family, revisiting Hawaii after 50 years, and going to Washington, D.C. on a couple of occasions to visit family, attend a Vietnam Veterans’ event and enjoyed the opportunity to tour and dine at CIA headquarters.
Evelyn was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Elise Simmons and Irene Dilsworth, and her brother Al Simmons.
On June 7, 2019, Evelyn passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 59 years, Hubert Hamilton; daughters Elyse Keon and Marilyn Hamilton of Lemon Grove, CA; son Maurice Hamilton of Saugus, CA; grandson Matthew Keon of Lemon Grove, CA; sister Dorothy Woolfolk of San Diego, CA and a host of other relatives and many friends.
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