Helen G. Hamilton
Birth Date: February 17, 1940
Death Date: March 10, 2017
Decatur – Helen G. Hamilton was born at home in Minford Ohio on February 17, 1940 and departed this life as she lived, with grace and dignity. This past year she fought a heroic battle with cancer and bid farewell to this life on March 10, 2017 surrounded by loved ones.
Helen lived in Scioto County, Ohio for most of her life, raised by her parents Bonnie and Maynard Ratliff with her sisters, Ruth, Sharon and Kathy, her brothers, Ron and Delmar. She raised her children, Lisa and Rodney in Minford, Ohio and was a member of Christ’s Community Church in Portsmouth.
She moved to Decatur in 1999 where she quickly made it her home. One of her greatest passions was to use her art as God would ask, in His image and in the beauty of His Word. She was a member of the art community and active with Gallery 510 and Barn Colony. She was featured in regional magazines and newspaper articles with several gallery showings over the years. Her art work is cherished in homes far and wide, and hangs reverently in many churches and political offices.
Helen was blessed with the ability to travel the world and enjoyed many highlights. Such as climbing the Pyramids of the Moon and Sun in Mexico; touring London and the English countryside; riding camels in Egypt and exploring the Great Pyramids; walking in the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem; visiting the Isle of Patmos in the Mediterranean Sea; sightseeing in Rome and driving the scenic roads of Italy. She loved to read and learn about the places she visited and the religious history of each location.
She was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur where she enjoyed Sunday School and many enriching sermons learning about the Word of God. Helen was especially active with the Church’s “The Gallery Experience”, a community art outreach program. The endearing friendships she made through her church and art meant so much to her.
Her friends and family mourn the passing of this talented, graceful lady. They rejoice knowing she is with our Creator.
Helen was proceeded in death by her parents, Maynard and Bonnie Ratliff. She is survived by her children, daughter Lisa Hamilton Royal and husband Steve of Decatur, Illinois; her son Rodney Hamilton and wife Vicky of Portsmouth, Ohio. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lindsey Hodge and daughter Addison; Elizabeth Royal and daughter Aurora; Jared Anderson and daughter Makaela; Chrystal Wells and twins, Olivia and Owen; Sarah and Ben Hamilton and son Dallas, and daughter Elisa. Grandson, Rodney Hamilton, Jr. and fiancÃ© Sarah Maines; Franklin Osborne, Jr. and daughter Willow. Her three sisters, two brothers, special nieces and nephews. A multitude of cousins, some as close as sisters and brothers.
The family would like to thank the pastors, staff and members of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Christ’s Community Church. A special thank you to Dr. Esparaz and Dr. Moore and the kind, caring staff and nurses of the Cancer Specialists of Illinois in Decatur. A special thanks to Kelly and those in the “Corner”. Thank you to HSHS Hospice for wonderful care. To the residents and staff of the Reserve for your friendship and kindness. A very special thank you to Decatur Blue Print for your compassion and generosity.
Services will be at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois Thursday, March 16, visitation from 4-6 pm with services immediately following. Helen will return home for services on Saturday, March 18 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford, Ohio. Visitation from 12-2 pm with services immediately following and interment close to her parents in Butler Martin Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the following: Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Rd. Decatur Il 62522 – Designate in Memory of Helen Hamilton. Or to the Community Foundation, 125 N. Water, Decatur, IL 62523 – Designate Helen Hamilton Memorial, this supports “Come Together, Let’s Walk”, a benefit for breast, cervical and ovarian cancer.
Local services provided by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL, 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.