Nancy B. Hamilton (nee Baker), age 94, passed away September 5, 2017
Preceded in death by dear parents, Katharine and Harold T. Baker. Beloved mother of Rex (Maureen Szpatura), Beth Selinsky (Michael, deceased), Woody (Perry III) (Lynette), Jill Apple (Scott), and Bruce (Holly Walquist.) Loving sister of the late William E. Baker (Jane Farmer, deceased) and the late John T. Baker (Mary Alice Juergens, deceased). Proud of seven grandchildren, twelve nephews and nieces and one wonderful great-grandchild. Also surviving a greatly-valued longtime friend and housemate, Coralyn R. Carl (Corky).
Nancy was born May 14, 1923, in Dayton, Ohio and lived fourteen happy years there. Family life was rich with music. Her mother was an accomplished pianist and all the family played instruments and sang. Many evenings featured sing-alongs and potlucks with friends. Family business moved them to Watertown, New York, and two years later to Cleveland.
Nancy graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1941 and attended Miami University in Oxford, OH. She graduated in 1945 with degrees in music and communications. After hosting a women's program on a Lima, OH radio station, she returned to Cleveland to a women's program position at Radio Station WJW (home of the Indians in that wonderful year when they won the World Series). After raising her five children in Moreland Hills, she joined the staff at Laurel School, a girls' private school in Shaker Heights, where she worked for twenty-two years in admissions and became a computer systems expert.
Nancy was a third generation and long-time member (71 years) of P. E. O., an international women's philanthropic and educational organization. She was also a seventy-five year member of the national sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She enjoyed music with the Lecture Recital Club and singing with choral groups. She was a seventy-eight year member of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland where she served as a Deacon, was active in the choir, The FortyNiners, and various church Commissions and committees. She loved music, golf, tennis, curling, gardening, birding, reading, computer, crossword puzzles. Above all, she loved her family and friends and the Lord of her life.
Memorials may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1422 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115 in honor of her son, Woody or to The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, 3630 Fairmount Blvd., Shaker Hts, OH, 44118 where Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 AM.
Thus, ever serving You, till eventide
closes the day of life, may we abide;
And when earth's labors cease, bid us depart in peace,
Savior to you, dear Savior to you.
Edwin Parker, 1888