Cheryl Jean Hamilton, 77, of Quincy, IL., (formerly of Clayton, IL.) died at 9:22 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2023, at her home.
Born February 21, 1946, in Quincy, Cheryl was the daughter of Walter Raymond and Nureta Mignon Koch Thompson.
Cheryl grew up on the family farm west of the airport. She was a 1964 graduate of Liberty High School and a 1968 graduate of the University of Illinois. After graduating, Cheryl taught elementary school in the Liberty and Camp Point Schools.
She married Gary W. Hamilton on February 10, 1968, at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church east of Quincy. He preceded her in death on October 28, 2021. Together, they purchased the Hendricks Funeral Home in Clayton, IL. in the fall of 1970 and the Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point from Gary's uncle and aunt, John B. and Dorothy Lummis, in 1980. They retired from the funeral business in the fall of 2007.
Cheryl was a member of the First Federated Church in Clayton, where she was chairman of the board for several terms, a Sunday School teacher, and served as church organist when needed. She was a charter member of Arrowhead Heights Golf Course in Camp Point where she served on the board. She was a former member of the Clayton Lioness Club, Adams County Red Cross Board, and the Clayton Library Board. Cheryl also served as the Clayton Old Settler's short order co-chairman for many years and chaired the talent contest, as well as the Little Mister and Miss contest. Cheryl also volunteered as an EMT for several years.
Survivors include her daughters, Stacia Jean Munroe and her husband Tom, Rochester, IL., Debra Lynne Carstens and her husband Cris, Quincy, IL., and Kristen Brooke Hamilton and her partner, Daniel Stone, Cedar Rapids, IA.; her grandson, Logan Hamilton Munroe, Rochester, IL.; her sister, Shirley Longlett and her husband John, Quincy, IL.; her brother, Jim Thompson and his wife Debbie, Lincoln, IL.; her sister-in-law, Nancy Kelly and her husband Don, Quincy, her brothers-in-law, Tom Hamilton and his wife Pam, Springfield, IL., and Jack Hamilton and his wife Chris, Augusta, IL.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Sam Thompson; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill Dinkheller; her sister-in-law, Katie Thompson; and her great-nephew, Brody Hamilton.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2023, at the Camp Point United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, IL.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Camp Point United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Foundation for the Gary and Cheryl Hamilton Fund, https://cfquincy.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create/fund?funit_id=3182 , which was established to benefit the CUSD #3 communities.
Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Hamilton Funeral Home in Clayton is handling the arrangements.