Elsie M. Hamilton

Elsie with family
Elsie with her children
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Elsie M. Hamilton, 94 passed away March 3rd, 2009 at MMC after having a massive stroke. She was surrounded by family.

Elsie was born June 1, 1914, the daughter of Etta and Will Ross of Chebeague Island. She was born on Chebeague Island and lived there all of her life after a brief time in Ct., until after the death of her husband, Leland Hamilton Sr. in 1975. She then moved after two years from the island to her eldest daughter and son-in-laws, Lloyd and Loretta Parkers, residing in Raymond, Me.

She went to the island Schools and later on to "then called" Greely Institute.

Elsie was an amazing lady. She was strong in her faith, and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She was well loved by anyone who met her.

She went lobstering for a long time along side of her husband Leland. She worked endless hours by getting up early in the morning and going lobstering, coming home, cooking dinner, taking care of family, then sitting up late into the night picking out crabmeat to sell.

Elsie was an avid Red Sox Fan. She loved to watch them on TV. She use to sit and watch and if things weren't going well for the team, every so often you would hear her say, "Oh for crying out loud, Ortez, what's the matter with you?"
Then when he hit a homer she would say, "That's more like it David." She very seldom missed a game.

She also was a bird watcher and loved to feed birds and watch them nest and take care of their young.

She was a member of the Chebeague Island Methodist Church and Ladies Aid, until moving to Portland where she transferred to Central Square Baptist. There she was a member of their craft group, "The Friendship Circle" and treasurer.

She loved making crocheted stuffed animals, doilies, place mats, and of course baby blankets. I don't think there has been a child born in the Hamilton family who has not received a baby blanket or something that Elsie made for them. They are keepsakes for years to come.
She continued making things for both churches for their fairs, right up until December when she suffered a massive stroke. Her work was very intricate and fine. No other words can describe her crafts other than beautiful.

Elsie is survived by 5 children, Loretta Parker of Raymond, Sherman Hamilton of No. Yarmouth, Lois of Nokomis, Fl., Leon Hamilton of Chebeague Island, Holly Jordan of Old Orchard Beach. Leland Jr. passed away May 15, 2005. She had 24 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, and several neices and nephews.

She will be sadly missed by all.

The viewing will be at Lindquist Funeral Home in Yarmouth on Sunday from 3-6 pm. The funeral will be at the Central Square Baptist Church, 4 Brentwood Street, Portland, ME at 11 am on Monday, March 9th. Burial Services will be in the Spring on Chebeague Island.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Square Baptist Church, 4 Brentwood Street, Portland, ME 04103.