Gloria A. Smith Hamilton, age 85, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 6:35 AM on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Courtyard Estates in Monmouth, Illinois. She was born October 29, 1935, in Monmouth, Illinois, the daughter of George and Edith (Hendricks) Nees. Gloria attended schools in Monmouth and later attended and graduated from the Cottage Hospital School of Nursing in Galesburg, IL attaining her nursing degree. On December 18, 1955, she married Wilbur Smith in Monmouth, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on January 20, 1978. Gloria married Robert Hamilton of Stronghurst, IL on April 14, 1984, and he passed away in 2013. Gloria worked at several hospitals prior to the family returning to settle in Monmouth in 1972, where she worked at CMH until her retirement, also volunteered at CMH for several years after her retirement. Gloria enjoyed traveling, quilting, relaxing at the family cabin along the Mississippi River and mostly she deeply loved spending time with her family and friends.
Gloria is survived by two daughters, Sherry (Tim) Smith of Groveland, Florida and Lisa Smith of Monmouth, Illinois, one son, Gregory (Katrina) Smith of Winchester, Virginia, five step-daughters, Linda (Ken) Brohman of Monmouth, Karla (Ron) Todd of Ft. Madison IA, Lori (Tim) Hamilton of Stronghurst, Sherri (Rick) Haley of Hannah City IL, and Rachael (Tony) Gibb of Fountain Hill AZ. Also surviving are one sister, Georgia Narrow of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and both of her husbands.
Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service is planned on Monday July 19, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Stronghurst Christian Church. Memorials may be left to the Auxillary of OSF Holy Family Hospital. .
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