Martha Oliver Komlosy Hamilton

February 27, 1923December 19, 2014
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Martha Hamilton

Chebeague Island - Martha Oliver KomLosy Hamilton, 91, of Chebeague Island, died unexpectedly on December 19, at Mercy Hospital with her family by her side.

Martha was born February 27, 1923 in Waycross, Georgia, a daughter of Frederick and Andromache Bailey KomLosy. Although she was raised in Malden, Massachusetts and attended schools there, her heart was always on Chebeague Island, her summer home. Her father moved the family to Chebeague year-round and Martha graduated from Chebeague Island High School in 1942 in a class of 9. She married Floyd Hamilton, a fellow islander, after he returned from World War II. Their son, Michael was born in 1950. Floyd died in 1993.

Martha Hamilton spent her adult life serving the community of Chebeague Island in a myriad of ways and using her many talents. During World War II she took her turn looking for enemy aircraft from the island’s observation tower. She was the island’s notary for more than seven decades, and at one time or another operated a store, was a substitute teacher, worked in the Post Office, and the Golf Club. But Martha will long be remembered as the founder and librarian at the Chebeague Island Library from 1965-2000. It was her vision that inspired the community to undertake a $250,000 campaign to build a new library in 1990. Chebeague Islanders had never tried to raise that kind of money before, but they got behind Martha and exceeded the goal by nearly $90,000! For many years she wrote a library column for the Yarmouth Shopping notes.

Martha was a founding member of Chebeague’s PTA, the Island Council, and the Grange. Throughout the years she held many offices in the Methodist Church, attended Ladies Aid, and directed the choir. She was still an active choir member at the time of her death. Music was important to Martha. She was the only original member of the Whalers; an island singing group founded more than 20 years ago and participated in their most recent concert in early December. She loved being on stage and putting on a show.

Martha immersed herself in the history of Chebeague and was responsible for collecting what became the core of the Chebeague Island Historical Society’s collection. She understood the island’s intertwining family tree and collected genealogical materials including the manuscripts of Katherine Tinker. Martha served on the Historical Society Board and curated several exhibits. She was an active member of DAR.

She loved children and volunteered at the school in many capacities including the Art Goes to School Program. The week before her death she was singled out as a special volunteer at the Chebeague School’s winter concert. Martha was a Girl Scout leader and endeared herself to island girls for decades. Many of her former scouts attended her 90th birthday party to celebrate with this woman who had impacted their lives.

Her father was a commercial artist and Martha inherited his artistic ability. Martha could paint, draw, wood burn, scherenschnitte (intricate paper cutting), and design counted cross-stitch. Known for her fine calligraphy, she made family trees, maps, painted signs, and made posters. For decades she designed the covers of the Island’s Monthly Calendar. When Chebeague became a Town in 2007, Martha Hamilton’s design was chosen out of 30 entries to become the Town seal.

Martha was a life-long learner and extremely well read. She was computer savvy, attended Elder Hostels, and had traveled to Japan, the British Isles, and other European countries.

Martha Hamilton was profiled in the Working Waterfront when she turned 90. Being part of the Chebeague Community was very important to Martha, and Martha Hamilton was important to Chebeague.

Martha Hamilton is survived by her son, Michael, and his wife Denise, and grandson, Lucas, all of Cousins Island. Her brother, James, of Florida; nieces Stacyann Stewart, Jami KomLosy, Fiona KomLosy; nephews Jonathan KomLosy of Chebeague and Frederick KomLosy III of Florida; and grandnephews, Ozric Stewart and Seamus Cole. Her husband, parents, sisters, Virginia Rose KomLosy and Andromache KomLosy Thurlow, and brother, Frederick KomLosy II, predeceased her.

A gathering and visitation will take place on Saturday January 3, 2015 from 1-3 PM and in accordance with Martha’s wishes; her funeral will take place on Chebeague this coming summer. Please visit to view a video collage of Martha’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Contributions can be made to the Chebeague Island Hall in c/o Beverly Johnson, Treasurer.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 3, 2015

Martha Oliver Komlosy Hamilton

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Dominique Stavropoulos Williams

March 10, 2015

I cannot sum up in a few paragraphs the great impact that Martha had in my life. I've known her since I was a child and she watched me grow up and grow old(er). I developed my love of old movies, costumes, theatre, genealogy, books and history partly due to spending a lot of time working along side her in the Chebeague Island Library and helping to document her movie stills and the island cemetery.
Spending time with her ALWAYS felt like a treat. She always sent me cards on my birthday, valentine's day and Christmas. I received her Christmas card after her passing and though it was very emotional for me, I knew she was just saying "hello".

I am not alone in missing her terribly. Thank you, Martha for the honor of knowing you. Dominique

January 9, 2015

With deepest sympathy to the family. God is for you a refuge and strength. A help that is there to be found during difficult time. May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.

Deborah Jolly, Regent

January 3, 2015

We have lost a dear friend and fellow daughter from the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter, NSDAR.

Vicki Odom

January 1, 2015

As I heard of Martha's passing, I was reminded of an old song "Gone Home" and thought of her being reunited with family and friends. She was a truly a treasure and I know how much she will be missed on the Island she loved.

Gary Beauchamp

December 31, 2014

and in the blink of someone else's eye, you were gone. taken. a lifetime too short. and all the words unsaid, set adrift, nowhere to anchor. suddenly the days were free from time. gone away as quietly as you arrived. never got to say GOOD-BYE, taken from us in the blink of someone else's eye...........Thank You Dear Friend, Thank You.

Don Marsee

December 30, 2014

Even before I began spending all summer on Chebeague, I always looked forward to running into Martha somewhere on the Island. She had charisma that always sort of stunned me. Shortly before her 90th birthday I asked her paint a sign for the cottage. I cherished it before her passing, now more so.

Klara Norton

December 29, 2014

Martha was truly one of a kind, so very special. She accomplished and contributed so much to Chebeague Island and its citizens and to Cumberland too. I loved working with her through the years as Town Clerk. I know she will be missed...she was a fine lady!

Holly Hamilton/Dixon

December 29, 2014

I will certainly miss Martha. She was a wonderful Scout leader along with Madeline Brewer and Betsey Ross. Martha had our troop do a pantomine show when we were all quite young, and I too love music. We were taken to the Brunswick Theatre to see The Music Man. Martha always put these trips together. I will miss that little orange colored record player, singing away, (mouthing the words) but most of all I will miss Martha and her many many talents.
Holly Dixon Freeport, Me.

December 29, 2014

Martha's late husband, Floyd, was my father's first cousin. Martha was always gracious, full of life and stories, whenever we visited the island. Just last summer she escorted me, my wife, Gerri Hamilton, and my fist cousin Jean Vayo Hamilton to the old burial ground at Chandler's Cove, to visit the graves of ancestors John Hamilton and Elizabeth Chandler Hamilton, parents of Ambrose. A truly grand lady. Our best wishes and condolences to all the cousins on Chebeague and elsewhere who shared in our pleasure of knowing Martha.
Daniel W. Hamilton Kennebunkport

Lois Hamilton-Cafmeyer

December 29, 2014

She is going to be missed. She was a really nice person and loved by anyone that knew her.


Back left is Martha. Baby is Michael