OBITUARY

Dr. Rosemarie Hamon

September 8, 1931November 20, 2021

Rev. Dr. Rosemarie Wilkinson Hamon left this earth and joined the heavenly saints on Saturday, November 20, 2021. She passed peacefully listening to treasured hymns with her family by her side. Rosemarie was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on September 8, 1931 to Stancil and Pearl Dubbs Ramsey. She and her sister Vivian had wonderful memories of growing up in Oklahoma and described their childhood as idyllic. Rosemarie was an entrepreneur at an early age. As a senior in high school, she managed a lucrative business in her living room providing speech lessons for children and even arranged for many to speak on a local radio station.

After high school, Rosemarie attended Abilene Christian College where she met the love of her life, Billy Mack Wilkinson. She and Bill spent most of their 38 years of marriage in Texas. Together, they had four children: John Allen, Kathleen, Sandra, and Lora Lee. Rosemarie used her gift of oration in many ways. As a young adult, she was a TV personality on Romper Room as the legendary Miss Marie. She went on to open her own business, Miss Marie’s Private School in Pasadena, Texas. Years later, she moved her teaching gifts to public school when she joined La Porte ISD. There she was a kindergarten teacher and school administrator. She taught college courses at University of Houston/Clear Lake and over her career has positively impacted thousands of children and educators.

Upon her retirement, she began a new career fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a preacher. She went back to school again, graduating from Houston School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Hamon joyfully served Heights Christian Church for several years. She then served as the interim pastor for her beloved La Porte Community Church. Several years after the passing of her husband, Bill Wilkinson, Rosemarie married J. D. Hamon, who was a tremendous support to her ministry.

After her official ministerial positions, Rosemarie continued to serve the Lord in a variety of ways impacting family, friends, and beyond. She led a Bible study group. She was a prayer warrior for all. And she was a constant source of hope, light, and strength to everyone who knew her. She continued to exude joy, optimism, and love with every breath she took even as she battled cancer the last few weeks of her life.

Rosemarie Ramsey Wilkinson Hamon is survived by daughter Kathleen Kilgore and her children Charlie Waterhouse, Ben Waterhouse, Kelly Kilgore McGee, Kyle Kilgore, Allison Kilgore Schlameus, and Cherese Barnett; daughter Sandra Duree, son-in-law Tim, their children Tad Duree and Lindsey Cosyns; daughter Lora Lee Farley and her children Lauren Farley, Rachel Richey, and Spencer Farley; grandchildren Billy Wilkinson and Wrendy Wilkinson Osegura; sister, Vivian Stewart and brother-in-law Lowell Stewart; numerous great-grand-children, beloved nieces and nephews, and many treasured friends. Rosemarie was preceded in death by her father, Stancil Ramsey, her mother, Pearl Dubbs Ramsey, husband Bill Wilkinson, their son John Allen Wilkinson, husband J.D. Hamon, and son-in-law Kyle Kilgore.

A Celebration of Life will be held at La Porte Community Church on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception and visitation.

Services

3 December

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

La Porte Community Church

202 S. 1st St.
La Porte, TX 77571

Memories

Dr. Rosemarie Hamon

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Karissa Odom

December 2, 2021

Rosemarie was the sweetest soul I’ve ever met, I just loved living next door to her for so many years. Her dogs would sneak out of the front door and my girls would love to bring them back and chat with Rosemarie. Prayers to all of the family. Rest In Peace.

Shari Smith

November 25, 2021

I am thankful for my beautiful Aunt Rosemarie! I always looked forward to the times their family came to visit us in Oklahoma City where I grew up. My sister and I loved running around our grandparents’ house playing with our cousins, and I loved the time we flew there to visit them; I think it rained all week but that made times of telling stories and laughing even more fun. In recent years when I would come to spend Thanksgiving with my family in OK, it was so special to share that time with Aunt Rosemarie and Sandra and / or Lora who had come to OKC to give their mom and her sister :) time together , usually on Friday they would drive up , after a full day of cooking w their families …. Usually bringing lots of TX food w them ( I think they thought we would need more spice !)
My favorite part of weekend was sitting in my parents’ beautiful living room and listening (and videoing ) my mother and Aunt Rosemarie sharing stories of their childhood , funny and interesting and beautifully sweet stories that make me cry , learning things about my wonderful grandparents and mother and Aunt as they grew up and made life fun in simple ways . I will always love my Aunt Rosemarie and my cousins , Kathleen , Sandra and Lora Lee How she will be missed , but how we know she is experiencing glorious wonders we can only imagine. Thank you Aunt Rosemarie for loving me !
I just thought of another funny memory … the Christmas I was a senior in HS I was at home alone I think 😳 with the mumps and feeling awful. I opened the box she had sent and burst out laughing /which was more than painful having mumps … at the lime green (to match my room decor) hand mirror that was a large rectangular shape , just the shape of my swollen face !
…. And another story I have to add …. She told of some busy time when she was visiting Kathleen (I think) when she had little kids ….Rosemarie went into the BR during the night to brush her teeth , but squeezed out Desitin ; not TP! 😳

Linda Dycus

November 24, 2021

I will never forget my first time on an airplane to visit my Wilkinson cousins with grandparents and our fun trip to Galveston and space museum. My aunt was so kind to all, instead if scolding us rowdy kids in the back of the station wagon, she told us to pretend we were christmas Angel's... dont think we listened...

Vivian and Lowell Stewart

November 22, 2021

Rosemarie set an example of Christ-like love to all around her. Her special gifts of listening and thinking before she spoke made her shine—even as a little girl.
I am blessed to be her only sister, so I have known Rosemarie all of my life. She has always been there for me. For us. Our prayers are with her large family —her daughters, sons in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephew, nieces, church-friends and neighbors—all who have been blessed by her inclusive, wise love . May our memories of Rosemarie shine forth like the sun as her influence for good, for love, continues.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY