Vail Daily obituary: Gladys Cecelia Hamilton, 1920-2015
Gladys Cecelia Hamilton, 95, formerly of Fisher, Minnesota, and Sun City, Arizona, died on Friday, Oct. 2. Gladys was a beloved visitor in Vail, where she recited her poetry, gave a pie crust-making class and even did some cross-country skiing. She was a poet, artist, sculptor and a writer of fairy tales, short stories and two books of poems. She taught herself to sew, knit, upholster, use the computer and had her own website, gladysandfriends.com. Her website is still up and contains much of her poetry, comments on life and her travels, and advice on a variety of topics.
She started singing as a child with her six sisters and mother and performed with her daughter, Pat Hamilton, at Pat’s annual Christmas concert with Peter Vavra in Beaver Creek. Their duet of “White Christmas” brought tears to people’s eyes every year for 20-some years. She had macular degeneration for 35 years and was legally blind, but she saw the world as a bright and joyful home.
A mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and best friend, Gladys was preceded in death by: her husband, Douglas; her sisters Nellie (Bill) Webster, Vera (Tom) Koppang, Jean Gable, Jacqueline (Douglas) Maney, Betty (Ronald) Munn, Mary Lou (Ralph) Ferguson; and Jack (Anna Mae) Sullivan. She is survived by: her daughters, Gail (John C.) Burrill, Jean Marie (Brian Osberg) Hamilton, and Pat (David) Haakenson; grandchildren, John D. (Janet Braisted) Burrill and Matthew (Donnelle Roberts) Burrill and Hilary Haakenson; great grandchildren, Nathaniel and Jacob Burrill and Brady Burrill and T. J. Roberts.
A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Beaver Creek Chapel.