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Betty M. Hamilton, 77

Betty M. Hamilton, 77, of Lititz, went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Coalport, PA, she was the daughter of the late George and Vida (Brown) Beers. She was the wife of Al Hamilton with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage this past July 28.

Betty served God with her whole heart and was a witness of His great love to everyone she met.  Her highest calling was supporting her husband in all of his endeavors and raising her family.  She ministered in many different capacities in the churches she attended through the years.  Her generosity and compassion touched lives around the world.  She was a good and faithful servant.

Surviving in addition to her husband Al are a son; Tim Hamilton husband of Marcia of Manheim. 3 daughters; Coleen Clark wife of Daniel of Manheim, Gayle Gearhart wife of Chip of Lititz, and Carolyn Hindy wife of Gerry of Springfield, MO. 10 grandchildren; Beth Clark-Byers wife of Ray Byers, Curtis Clark husband of Jessica, Brenda Gearhart-Sipel wife of Chris, Adam Gearhart husband of Courtney, Joshua Hamilton husband of Allyson, Julie Hamilton Weidman wife of Matt, Leah Hindy, Lydia Hindy, Gabriela Hindy, and Chloe Hindy. 9 great grandchildren; Paige Byers, Lyndsey Byers, Garrett Clark, Peyton Clark, Lily Sipel, Charlie Sipel, Bode Sipel, Hannah Gearhart, and Luke Weidman. A brother; Vertin Beers. And 3 sisters; Grace Shomo, Norma Helsel, and Patricia Skebeck.

She was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren; Aldean Gearhart and Joel Hamilton. A brother, William. And 3 sisters; Louise, Mabel, and Lela.

Funeral Services in Lancaster  will be held Friday, December 5, 2008 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God 190 Fulling Mill Rd. Middletown PA 17507 at 12 p.m. with Rev. J. Clayton Sheridan and Rev. Paul J. Wislocky officiating. Friends and Family will be received Thursday, December 4, 2008 at Glad Tidings from 6-9 p.m. and again on Friday at the church from 10-12 p.m.

Funeral Services in Clearfield will be held Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God 6449 Clearfield/ Woodland Hwy. Clearfield PA 16830 at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. J. Clayton Sheridan and Rev Paul J. Wislocky officiating. Family and Friends will be received before the service at Glad Tidings from 10:30 a.m- 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Crown Crest Memorial Park. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz PA 17543 (717-560-5100) is assisting family. To send an online condolence or for more information please visit www.snyderfuneralhome.com 

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Please accept my very deepest sympathy in the passing of such a wonderful woman.  Back in 1983 when I became a believer Betty had many words of wisdom which have stayed with me through the years. You have all been blessed beyond measure to have had Betty in your lives.
Your family will be in my prayers during this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Ann Gallagher (Ulrich)
 

Dear Al and all your family,  We were so sad to hear of Betty’s passing.  She was such a great spiritual inspiration in our lives.  She has gone to be with Jesus but Betty and all your families will live in our hearts forever.  We love you all and think of you often.  I will always remember the times we spent together when she would come to Pittsburgh to visit Carolyn and family and we would go shopping together. Being Carolyn & Gerry’s children’s first babysitter was and will always be an honor for me.  We love you all and wish we could be there at this time but the flu got the best of us and aren’t able to make the trip.  However, Elaine plans on being there.  It means a lot to us that Carolyn and Elaine have kept in touch since their days at Glad Tidings, Clearfield.  Remembering you all in our prayers, 
Eli & Birdie Pulcini

I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. BETTY WAS A VERY PRECIOUS WOMAN. I REMEMBER HER FROM BACK IN THE SEVENTIES AS I ATTENDED SCHOOL WITH HER DAUGHTER GAYLE. I SPENT A FEW WEEKENDS IN THEIR HOME AND WAS TREATED SO KINDLY BY THE ENTIRE FAMILY. PLEASE EXCEPT MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY. I WILL REMEMBER YOU ALL IN MY PRAYERS.
DEBRA HARRIS  (ARDERY)
CLEARFIELD

Dear Al and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Betty was truly one of a kind. I will always remember when Lynnette Timko and I visited. We had such an enjoyable time. I also have fond memories of stories my mother told me about your times together in Florida.
God Bless, Mary Sue Diehl

I am sorry I am unable to make the trip to PA this week to honor and remember my Aunt Betty in person, to share and remember her life and mark her passing.  I have always cherished the time we spent together and remember my aunt as a special lady.   To Uncle Al and all my cousins, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Holly

Behind every successful business man is a very successful woman. I’ve never been to PA but being a racefan for many years the name Al Hamilton is well revered anywhere a racer or racefan goes. For Mr. Al & Mrs. Betty to be married for 58 years shows the success each had because of the other. May God Bless the Hamilton family in this time of losing someone that was a cornerstone of this great family.
You are heavy in my thoughts and prayers.
We love you,
Woody Hampton
Searcy, AR

Gayle & Chip
We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep your mom in our prayers
Linda & Joe Maurizi

Dear Al & family,  You and your family have our deep sincere  sympathy in the loss of Betty,  but we have the hope of seeing her someday along with our loved ones in heaven.   
Wriglesworth Interiors….Duane and Darlene Wriglesworth

Dear Al & family,
Sorry to hear of Betty’s passing away; much to soon.60 some years knowing Betty has been an inspiration. We on earth have lost a special person, but it is heavens gain.
Don Barnett

We are truly sorry of your loss, Betty Mae, wife, mother, grandmother ,friend & cousin.
When Charlie Beers & I married, I met Betty Mae. We became cousins with our first hug!! What a prayer warrior she was! Now in heaven, she can see all those prayers have been answered. We will miss her sweet spirit. I also know
I will see her again, Praise the Lord! Our prayers are with you Al, & family.
Love,  Charlie & Anne Beers

Al & family,
I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Betty was a very special person. Back in the 70’s she helped me in my spiritual growth, I was going through a trying time in my life and her words and comfort encouraged
me. I saw Christ’s love in her. Little did I know that a few years later one of my children would die of leukemia, I feel God put Betty in my life to help prepared me for my son’s illness and death. I know she is singing praises in heaven today with all our loved ones. May God Bless you and your family and guide you through the days to come. My brother Willard thought alot of you and Betty.
Love & Prayers, Sandra (Jury) Clarkson

Prayers from my family to yours on your loss.  Betty’s gift to us when our daughter was born, showed of her rich love of life and the welcoming in of that new life.  Now Betty is welcomed into her new life. She has touched so many while she was here, and they will all remember.  You have been blessed in life to have been by her side.
Carson and Kathy Frost Family (Lancaster)

Betty was a great person and will be missed by All. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.
Tom Welsh

I would like to send my thoughts, prayers and love with your family during your time of loss. May god bless your family.
Jason M. Clark

What a wonderful person your Mother was.  She will be missed by many.  I knew Betty , as she was a customer of Savemart Pharmacy and we will miss her.

Dear Hamilton family,
We were so sad to hear of Betty’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies to all of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Bob and Dianne Shaub

Dear Gayle and family,
 Her words always made a difference for the good in the lives of all who knew her. Her heart, she wore on her sleeve, and God’s peace that passes all understanding was a gift she expressed to the world.  This precious servant of God is at home with the Angels she so often entertained, while she was here on earth.  Please know my thoughts and prayers are with your family. The blessings your dear mother extended to others were never based on their worthiness, but, their need. So kind and good.  She would not want you to be sad.  She waits for us in Heaven.  May God’s love heal you as only HE can.  HE loves you all and has welcomed your dear mother into his arms.  She is well and in a place we long to be.
God bless you all,
Markay Centra Boalich

Betty was the mother of one of my dearest friends, Coleen Clark.  We have been friends since we were teens.  Betty treated me like a daughter and showed a great deal of love toward me when I visited them.  She made me feel at home.  She was a great example of God’s love and she lived it daily.  She will be missed and I send my love and deepest sympathies to Al, Coleen and the rest of the family.
Debbie (Corteal Kovach and family

It is very hard to express our sense of loss in words. It was a privilege to have known Betty over 30 years. She was the Friend, the sister and the Mother. Always there when one needed her. We do hope that time and memories will help lessen the burden of your sorrow, and that you may draw some measure of comfort knowing others care and share your loss.
Sincerely,
Joe and Lavinia Jahshan
Jerusalem

Having spent this past weekend in Coalport and seeing Betty’s childhood church and even the guardrail on which she would sit to wait for her boyfriend, now husband, to take her home from school, my wife and I are reminded by these things of her consistent and faithful walk with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ throughout all these years.  Thank you Betty for the heritage of faithfulness that you have passed on to your children and grandchildren, especially for Julie, whom God, through you, prepared to be the wife of our son.  Thank you Betty for your example of faithfulness to Christ throughout the years.  Our prayers are with the family, that they may all experience God’s grace at this time of sorry.  "We sorrow not as those who have no hope."   
Ross & Nancy Weidman

We grieve with you at the passing of Betty, but rejoice that she is now in the presence of her King!  I will always remember Betty as a kind, generous, sweet lady who opened her arms wide to embrace and love on everybody.  Growing up in Fallentimber, I too am from coal country and we shared that common bond, as well as many mountain connections.  To Al and all the family:  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  The Holy Spirit will be your Comforter until you see Betty again.  I wonder if the Lord allowed her to have a pink robe!

Betty was one of my mom and dad’s best friends. I remember when my mom died, Betty was one of the only one’s to hug me, besides family, that I felt truly cared for. She just held me and let me cry and I knew she was grieving with me.
Now she will never grieve again! Praise Jesus! I wonder if she has seen Connie up there yet? I have been praying that God will comfort your whole family as God brings you to my mind (which is quite often). Some day soon we will all be together.
Vickie Halteman

I feel so blessed to have known Betty if only for a short time. I met her while we were getting our Chemo treatments last year. It was nice to see Gayle, who I knew from church, and she introduced me to her mother. I saw Betty a few times at church and I was always impressed by her warm and friendly spirit. Later, after talking to my mother, I realized that we had been neighbors. I grew up in a house right across the road from Alpha Place. I knew that Betty and Al were friends with my parents. Please accept my deepest sympathy as you feel the loss of such a wonderful lady. She was an encouragement to me and I’m sure she touched many, many others. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in heaven.
Sincerely,
Brenda (Delp) Keller

I was very saddened to hear of the loss of Betty Mae. I only saw her every other summer at the Beers reunion, and was very grateful to her for having it. I always looked forward to seeing her and Al at Williamsgrove whenever we made it up. I know that the Lord welcomed her into his loving arms, and that she is at peace now. Al and family, you are in my prayers. I will miss her.
Beth (Crownover) Zentner

We will miss Betty she was a favorite cousin and friend.
We have many good memories over the years with her and her family.
We send our condolence to the family.
Milford and Mary Hollen

I was so sorry to learn of Betty’s passing, I knew her only casually, but when we would meet, she was always so upbeat and sweet.  My sympathy to the family, we will all miss her as our neighbor.   
Alma Hogan

Betty, you took off into the sunrise on Tuesday morning and I didn’t have the chance to say good-by.  I would have held your hand, and I would have thanked you for all the rich blessings of being your neighbor for nearly 20 years.  In the big snow in early 90’s when snowplows couldn’t get out, Al plowed our driveway with a CAT and went on down the street to do others!  When our first grandchild turned out to be twins, you brought two brand-new high chairs, saying that grandmothers should have plenty of these.  Every year at Christmas, if the neighbors found a poinsettia (hope I spelled it correctly, Betty!) on the front step, or a box of candy in the mailbox, we knew it was from you.  It was fun seeing the 30-40 rows of Christmas presents, too many to wrap so you separated them in rows, for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  When I saw you in September and your eyes sparkled, your hair had grown, and you were full of joy that you had the energy to go grocery shopping by yourself, I was over-confident.  I didn’t call or visit you again until Nov. 30th.  I regret my long silence.  I regret not hugging you and telling you all of this before you left. But I’ll see you again, when my Tuesday comes. 
Laura Parker Flick.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to your family at this of loss. Betty will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Just know that we are thinking of you, and if you would need anything, please call.
With love, Randy Texter and Michele Rebman

We both want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this, your time of need.  Betty was an absolute wonderful person and a great asset to Al.  Her beautiful face and personality will be sorely missed.
With fond thoughts, Sam and Kathy Armstrong (race fans and former racers).

Dear folks,
Ironically, the day just before I read of Betty’s leaving, I had incorporated a gift I’d received from her on our coffee table as part of a Christmas decoration.  I’ve long missed her.  She phoned once or twice after I moved on from Lancaster First Assembly.  But -as it often happens- we lost contact.
I’m looking forward to seeing her to chat again!  It seems to me that her arrival in heaven marks my next one-on-one with her.
Please know that my thoughts, love and prayers continue for you!
Most sincerely,
LuAnn (Fellenbaum) Goldfus

We will sorely miss that wonderful smile and warm spirit- "I’ll tell you what". That was a favorite comment of Betty Mae’s. She could light up the room and she was always generous with her hugs and her time. We were born just a few months apart in Coalport. We spent many summers together having fun and doing mischief. We were reunited through Al’s racing. How wonderful to have spent these last years together. We will meet again. We send our deepest sympathy to Al and the family and our love.
Cousin Faye and John Fittipoldi

Your friends at PPL are saddened by your loss.  Heaven will have a new angel to watch over you. 
Karl Zuber, Cindi Foster & Karen Hamption PPL Electric Utilities Engineering Design and Right-of-Way Department.

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