The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


October 29, 2013

Marjorie Ferris Hamilton

Marjorie Ferris Hamilton passed into God’s hands Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in the arms of her beloved daughters and surrounded by the love of her family. She was 89.

Margie was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Oakwood, the daughter of James and Bessie Charles Ferris.

She attended Webster Grade School and Oakwood High School.

In 1943, she married John R. Hamilton and began her career as a military wife, traveling with John, setting up housekeeping in Guam, Hawaii, Cuba and many locations stateside. They enjoyed the company of other Pearl Harbor survivors until John’s death in 1995.

Margie and John raised two daughters, Janis (Jim) Kouzmanoff of Danville and Carol (Topper) Steinman of Champaign. Also surviving are four grandchildren, David Mockaitis of Danville, Peter Mockaitis of Chicago, Sara (Anton) Steinman Sanders of Champaign and Cary (Rachel) Steinman of Champaign. Margie had two great-grandchildren, Kai Steinman and Drake Powell of Champaign.

Margie grew up with three siblings, Robert Ferris, Clarence Ferris and Margaret Alderson. Her sister Margaret and her son-in-law John Mockaitis preceded her in death.

Margie was blessed with a faith in God, which she nurtured throughout her life. She is remembered for her kindness, compassion and gentle heart. Visits with Margie involved laughter, sharp humor and conversations centering around growing up on the farm, current events, her trip to the world fair as a participant in a kitchen band, her amazing fried chicken, music and singing, and all things chocolate.

The family would like to express warmest appreciation to the Carle Hospital fourth floor doctors, nurses and medical staff for their care and many kindnesses in Margie’s last days. Appreciation also is extended to the staff and friends at Prairie Winds, Urbana, and Arbours Court, Savoy, for their care and support during Margies’s last years.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Pape Mortuary, Danville with burial at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville.

The family requests that those desiring to remember Margie do so with a donation to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, 199 Water St., New York, NY 10038 or at Guest register:

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