Mary Jean Martin Hamilton
Died – Aug. 10,2020
TOPEKA — Mary Jean Martin Hamilton passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Topeka, with her daughter, Jill Hamilton and close friend, Jana Welch, by her side. Mary spent her last days surrounded by friends and family and full of love. She was 75.
Mary was born in Carbondale, the daughter of Clarence Odie Martin and Hazel Roberta Caldwell Martin. Her parents taught her the importance of hard work, kindness, compassion and the significance of serving others.
She married Edward M. Hamilton, in 1971. He preceded her in death in October 2019.
She was the proud mother of Jill E. Hamilton. It was clear to all that knew her, how much she loved and cherished her only daughter. She would often tell complete strangers about Jill’s adventures living overseas and how proud she was of her many accomplishments.
Mary enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, working in her cherished yard and laughing with those she cared about most. She had a quick sense of humor, unmistakable laugh, strong values of honesty, hard work and unconditional love for those closest to her. Mary loved her family fiercely and would always fight for what she thought was right.
Mary enjoyed a 41-year career at Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad, where she held numerous positions and made many lifelong friends. She was always described as the one that ‘’would do anything’’ and was ‘’always ready to help anyone in need.’’ Following her retirement, she bowled on several Santa Fe league teams and kept herself busy with other retired colleagues.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Jill, and a brother-in-law, Ralph L. O’Dell. She was a loving mother, committed wife and friend. Mary will be missed by many and her absence will be felt amongst the countless lives she touched.
Mary’s family will greet friends from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road, Topeka, KS 66614. Graveside service will follow at 10:45 a.m. at Overbrook Cemetery, First St., Overbrook, KS 66524.
Memorial contributions may be made to Interim HealthCare of Topeka KS or Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter and sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Road, Topeka, KS 66614.
Condolences may be expressed at www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.