Mary Virginia Hamilton

May 10, 1936January 20, 2017
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Mary Virginia (McCollum) Hamilton, age 80, of KCMO, passed away on January 20, 2017. Funeral services will be at Fairview Christian Church in Gladstone on Thur., Jan. 26 at 10AM. Visitation 6-9PM on Wed., Jan. 25, also at the church. Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Christian Church. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Irene (Padgett) McCollum and husband of 53 years Don Hamilton. She is survived by her sisters Patricia (McCollum) Roberts (husband Roy) and Shirley (McCollum) Bennett (husband Dave); as well as numerous cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and one aunt. Mary was born in the small rural town of Keytesville, Missouri, to Raymond and Irene (Padgett) McCollum. she spent most of her childhood days in the Northeast area of Kansas City, MO. After graduating from Northeast High School, she took her portfolio to the Kansas City Art Institute and received notice in about a week that she qualified for a $360 scholarship that covered tuition for one year. After studying art for a year, Mary applied for a job at Hallmark. New employees were require to take a two-month course on greeting cards, and Mary worked the next five years finishing other artists’ cards. Over the years, Mary created a style of drawing that conveys warmth and innocence with an ageless quality. Don Hall, Jr. said Mary is one of the most prolific artists Hallmark has ever had. Mary’s distinctive work has graced almost every category of both Hallmark and Ambassador products with characters that idealize the qualities of love, kindness, and affection. Her artwork remains in constant demand today. Mary was a highly respected and beloved artist at Hallmark Cards for 60 years. See some of Mary’s work at: and Fond memories and condolences may be left at Arr.: Newcomer's Floral Hills, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, (816) 353-1218.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, January 26, 2017


Mary Virginia Hamilton

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Carla York

January 25, 2017

Aunt Mary,
You were my inspiration to draw, you gave me the courage to express my emotions and feelings through art, you were kind, loving and humble. You had the world in your lap, but you never showed it. You made all of us niece and nephews feel as if we were your children. Uncle Don and Grandma and Grandpa McCollum and Grandpa and Grandma Roberts were there when you entered into heaven. You are now truly an angel, I love you and will always miss you

Ellen Kloth

January 25, 2017

I first "met" Mary through her work at Hallmark. Though I have collected for years, Mary's Nativity is still my favorite. In recent years I've had the chance to visit with Mary at events and even got to have lunch and visiti her home once. I found she was delightful and humble as well as supremely talented. She was a shining star and will truly be missed.

Shannon Manning

January 25, 2017

Mary was a very special person and a great talent who brightened countless lives through her art. She will be missed.
Shannon and Judy

Lisa Chepren

January 25, 2017

I sure will miss Mrs. Mary. teary

January 25, 2017

"We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Mary's family. She was an inspiration to me,as my first 'teacher' at Hallmark. Her sweet and giving spirit will never be forgotten. May God bless you, Mary."
Ginny and Stu Fraser

January 24, 2017

We always loved Mary, she was beautiful inside and out! We knew her from Bethany. Our condolences to her family. May god bless! Ann Jackson & Family

Gayle Hilligoss

January 24, 2017

Mary and I attended Northeast High School together and reconnected at First Baptist Church of Raytown. I cherish many memories. One in particular stands out. I worked with a mission group for girls and had arranged for former POW Charles Plumm to conduct a rewards program. I'd read in his book that while a prisoner he'd heard a few strains of The Drummer Boy music at Christmas and how it gave him courage. Mary got permission from Hallmark to paint an original drummer boy on parchment to present to Plumm. It was a touching moment for all and only one example of Mary's good heart. Years later she agreed to be a reference for our daughter when she applied for a position in the art department at Hallmark. We stayed in touch through the alumni association. She was a wonderful friend and remarkable artist. She is missed.

Dave Bennett

January 24, 2017

When Mary lost her beloved husband Don over eight years ago, it left a huge void in her life that nobody could ever fill. However, as a brother-in-law I have been honored to help her extensively to establish a new normal. Mary was a sensitive, humble, and very special person to me and my family. She is greatly missed and never to be forgotten. Thank you Mary for your sincere trust in me. May you rest in peace.

Dawn Wafford

January 24, 2017

Mary Hamilton was a amazing artist.
I love her cards and drawings.
Thank you for the years you blessed us with your talents.

Sandi Jeffries

January 24, 2017

Mary was one of God's precious Angels on Earth! I have loved and admired her for years as an artist and a Dear Christian Friend! She was an inspiration us all who knew her!

They feel only joy
We have the sorrow
They see eternity
We look to tomorrow

They are with Jesus
That's worth so much
We are here missing
Their sweet, soft touch

They see only light
We sense the dark
They soar with angels
We miss the mark

God says to rejoice
"Your loved one is free!"
I realize now
I was thinking of "ME"!
Sandi Jeffries


Bright lights surround us
It's so beautiful here
What else could be better
Then loved ones all near

It's something to gaze at
Something to behold
The streets all aglitter
As they're covered with gold

They glisten from Jesus
And His Holy Light
He walks in our presence
And we sense His might

But you must be busy
You'e left there below
Tell ALL about Jesus
They really MUST know!

Your job is not finished
The task is not done
Let no one not "know" Him
No, not even one!
Sandi Jeffries