Martha Mae Hamilton
February 26, 1925 – October 16, 2020
Portland, ME- Martha M. (Harris) Hamilton, 95, passed away on October 16, 2020, in Portland. She was born in Old Dominion, Virginia, on February 26, 1925, the only daughter of James S. Harris and Ada M. Butler of Faber, Virginia.
She was a 1943 Graduate of Scottsville High School in Scottville, VA and after graduation worked in the Actuary Department, Dividend Section at Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Company in Washington DC. They were located close to Union Station where she would take the train home every night.
In 1947, she married Clinton M. Hamilton of South Harpswell, ME, in Centenary Methodist Church which her family helped found in 1840. Together they traveled and lived in many interesting placed during his service in the United States Air Force. Upon Mr. Hamilton’s retirement from the USAF in 1962, she lived in Harrison, ME.
While living in Harrison she worked in the Purchasing office of the B E Cole, Francine and Jay Shoe Company in Norway ME. She moved to Portland in 1978 and worked in the Coffee & Sandwich Shop and St. Josephs Manor.
Martha was a dedicated member of Woodfords Congregational church since 1990, she volunteered at Hall Elementary School for many years. She was Past Matron of Iona Chapter #21 OES, a life member of Deering Chapter #59 OES, Grand Representative of Delaware in Maine, 41 year member, Honorary Chapter Regent of Elizabeth Wadsworth DAR, past State DAR Officer and served on several committees, Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Portland, and was an ancestor of Captain Benjamin Harris. Martha was also a life member of the Mayflower Society and Jamestown Society of Richmond VA and her ancestor was Henry Lee who served in the House of Burgess.
She is predeceased by her husband, Clinton M. Hamilton; five brothers, and her parents.
She is survived by a daughter, Martha Carol (Hamilton) Mills of West Paris ME; sons, Ryan Mills of Bethel, ME, Randy Mills and his wife Yvonne and their son Jacob and daughter Annika of Oxford, ME; E. James “Jim” Hamilton and daughters Heather and Lindsay Hamilton of Brookline Mass. And Portland, respectively; sister in law, Betty Decker and many nieces and nephews living in Virginia.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland, where a funeral will be held at 11 am on Thursday, October 22nd. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Harpswell.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Ms. Hamilton’s name to the American Heart Association or the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR c/o Vrege Murray, 552 Brighton Ave., Portland ME 04102.
Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Martha’s online guest book.
- James S. Harris, Father (deceased)
- Ada M. Butler, Mother (deceased)
- Clinton M. Hamilton, Husband (deceased)
- Martha Carol (Hamilton) Mills, Daughter
- Ryan Mills, Son
- Randy Mills (Yvonne Mills), Son
- Jacob Mills, Grandson
- Annika Mills, Granddaughter
- E. James "Jim" Hamilton, Son
- Heather Hamilton, Granddaughter
- Lindsay Hamilton, Granddaughter
- Betty Decker, Sister-in-law
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Martha Mae Hamilton
October 21, 2020
martha was a friend and dinner companion of mine for a number of years here at park danforth. she was the true definition of a southern lady. my deepest regards and condolences to her family
October 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of her passing...as a high school classmate of Jim, I remember her as a lovely caring person. May the family find peace in the sharing their many fond memories. Lennie Burke