GREENWOOD - Frances "Chummy" Hamilton passed away on Saturday March 21, 2015 surrounded by her family, taken by acute myeloid leukemia. She was born in Newport, Maine on July 27, 1934 the daughter of Francis A. and Marion L. Hanson. She was raised in Newport with younger brother, Arthur L. Hanson where she worked for her parents in their drugstore and insurance agency, as well as for the Newport Trust Company. She graduated Valedictorian of Newport High School in 1952.
Chummy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education from the University of Maine at Orono in 1956. While attending the university she was active in the University of Maine Marching Band, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, the Honorary Society of Sophomore Eagles and Omicron Nu.
Chummy's teaching career began in 1956 at Howland High School. On August 26, 1956, she married Alan C. Hamilton of Hallowell, Maine at the High Street Union Church in Newport. In 1957 they moved to Rumford, later settling in Dixfield for nearly 30 years. There she continued educating in the SAD 21 district.
In 1980, Chummy left teaching to become a licensed insurance agent for Western Maine Associates (now UIG) and retired in 1994.
Chummy was a former member of the American Association of University Women (Rumford Chapter) and the Oxford County Chapter of University of Maine Alumni. She was active in the Boys and Girl Scout Troops and School Forum of Dixfield during the 1970s and 1980s.
Alan and Chummy moved to Greenwood in 1987 to live full time at their residence on Twitchell Pond. There, she lived the most active 25 years of skiing and golfing with her children, grandchildren and beloved, long time friends. Chummy enjoyed the winter months skiing at Mount Abram and Sunday River, the three seasons of golfing at the Bethel Inn Country Club and always the fresh air of any season on Twitchell Pond.
Chummy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Alan of Greenwood, two sons, Jeffrey A. Hamilton and his wife, Diane of Junction City, Wisconsin, Gregory C. Hamilton of Carthage, Maine, one daughter, Kimberly A. Hamilton and her partner, Brian Supry of West Milan, New Hampshire, her brother, Dr. Arthur L. Hanson and wife, Arlene of Portland, Maine, a brother-in-law Bruce Hamilton and wife, Jean of Brewer, Maine, three grandchildren, Staci H. Hamilton of Rumford, Maine, Alisa J. Hamilton of London, England, and Jason D. Hamilton of Portland, Oregon, two step granddaughters, Heather and Samantha Sanborn of Portland, Maine and several nieces and nephews. Chummy was predeceased by her father in 1972 and her mother in 2008.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.