Nov. 2, 1926 - July 15, 2013
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Margaret Christine Olson Hamilton, 86, of Edwardsburg, passed from her earthly life into eternal life Monday, July 15, 2013, in her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Chicago on Nov. 2, 1926, she moved to Edwardsburg in 1937 with her parents Carl and Amelia Olson, who preceded her in death.
Margaret is survived by her four children, Diana (Michael) Malone of Edwardsburg, Gail (Dennis) Rossow of Lake Zurich, Ill., Laury Barella of Edwardsburg, and Gary (Lisa) Hamilton of Osceola, Ind. There are six grandchildren, Sean Malone of Ann Arbor, Jackie Barella of Elkhart, David Rossow and Kenneth Rossow, both of Lake Zurich, Danielle Livous of Elkhart and Steve Martin of Goshen, and nine great-grandchildren.
On June 17, 1949, she married Dean Hamilton, who preceded her in death on June 22. Margaret worked as an executive secretary at I&M until she and Dean started a family and she became a full-time mom. After raising her family, she returned to work at Edwardsburg Public School Systems in the kitchen — a lunch lady — cooking and serving food to the students who undoubtedly will not remember her for her culinary skills, but will remember her smiling face and her costumes for every holiday. She retired from the school system in 1988.
Margaret was born to Swedish immigrants, was always proud of her heritage and passed that pride onto her children. So many happy memories of Swedish Christmases and Swedish smorgasbords. She loved flower gardening, crafts, crocheting and cooking — especially baking. She was well known for her cooking and baking and many were blessed with gifts of her homemade goodies.
She was happiest when entertaining family and friends in her home and on yearly Christmas trips to Chicago with her daughters and her dear life-long friend, Ruthe Rohlfs.
Margaret was a member of the Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxillary, Edwardsburg Order of the Eastern Star, Modern Moms and Monday Evening Club.
We love her and miss her, but are comforted by knowing she is peaceful and happy now in the arms of her Lord.
Visitation for Margaret will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday July 23, at Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church, 68961 Lake St., Edwardsburg. Service of remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the church with an hour of visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Officiating will be the Rev. Scott Scheel, pastor of the church. Burial will be in the Edwardsburg Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 4, Edwardsburg, MI 49112, or to Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031.
The family wishes to thank her friends for the love and support extended to her. We would also like to thank Cass County Council on Aging, Hospice at Home and the Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church. God bless all of you kind souls.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St., Edwardsburg.