Carol Hamilton, age 80, passed away at home in the early morning of July 6th, 2020 after a two year struggle with ovarian cancer. She passed in the home she'd lived in for nearly 50 years, surrounded by her family.
Carol Hamilton ( nee Dudrick ) was born on March 11th, 1940 in Nanticoke Pennsylvania, a town centered around Anthracite coal mining with a strong legacy of Polish American immigrants. She graduated from Nanticoke High School and received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. She was teaching at Widener Memorial School ( Philadelphia, PA) when she met her future husband, S. Sutton Hamilton III, who was a resident in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carol had a life-long interest in cooking and baking and originated a catering business, "Scandinavian Flair" with her dear friend, Sue Johnson. Carol cooked along with Sue for years until returning to teaching, where she taught children with learning disabilities at the Newgrange School and finishing her teaching career at the Bridge Academy in Trenton, New Jersey. She cultivated expertise in the instruction of children experiencing difficulty in learning to read and was known for her patient and caring manner. While never a particular fan of travel by prop plane, she traveled all over the United States - including trips over the Rockies to Alaska - in the co-pilot seat of the Cessna flown by her husband.
Carol's life centered around her family and her deep Christian faith. She was particularly active at the Stone Hill Church where she led weekly Bible study. Perhaps, above everything, she is best known and loved for her extraordinary kindness and patience. It is difficult to meet someone who knew Carol who did not comment on her remarkable concern for the wellness of others over herself. She was famous for her handwritten notes that she wrote - without expectation of return - to anyone she thought was suffering or might otherwise benefit from a personal and concrete example of kindness.
Carol will forever be beloved and remembered for her exemplary kindness, extraordinary concern for others, and her endless capacity to put the needs of others ahead of her own. She is desperately mourned and missed by her husband of over 50 years, S. Sutton Hamilton III as well as her two children - S. Sutton Hamilton IV (Jessica) of Haddonfield NJ and Julie C. Hamilton (Alex) of Arlington VA. She is also survived and similarly missed by her brother Jack Dudrick, her sister Joan McBean and her grandchildren Sophia, Micah, Cleo, Liam and Aiden.
Special thanks to Richard Lee MD and Laurie and Carmella of Princeton Hospice.
A celebration of life memorial service is planned for 2021.