Evelyn Hamlin


Posted: Monday, December 17, 2007

Juneau resident Evelyn Hamlin died Dec. 12, 2007, in her home at the Juneau Pioneer Home, surrounded by family and caregivers. She was 89.

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Born April 1, 1918, in Gorham, N.H., she became a registered nurse in 1941. She eloped with her childhood sweetheart, Stan Hamlin, in 1942.

In 1945, the couple drove with their infant son from Maine to Seattle, Wash., and flew in a prop plane to Juneau.

She worked nursing positions, such as private, clinic and hospital, retiring in 1981. In 1993, she entered the Juneau Pioneer Home to help care for her husband, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

She enjoyed family, and worship with the church, which the couple helped establish in Juneau. They spent winter in the desert with their daughter and son-in-law, where she worked daily on her desert tan.

Family members said she wrapped them with many special memories and examples of love and kindness. She will be greatly missed, they said.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years.

She is survived by her son, Stanley Hamlin Jr., and his wife, Betty, of Lutz, Fla.; three grandchildren, DeWayne Hamlin and his wife, Pam, of Boise, Idaho, Mark Hamlin and his wife, Patti, of Edmonds, Okla., and Susan Bucich and her husband, Scott, of Hillsdale, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Cody and Crew, of Boise, Elizabeth, Ashley and Shane, of Edmonds, and Michael, Anthony and Joshua, of Hillsdale; daughter, Arlene Buonamassa and her husband, Bill; siblings, Phyllis Roberts and Frank Hunt, both of Maine; and her family and friends at the Pioneer Home and the Church of Christ.

Donations may be given to the Alzheimer's Association, 3200 Hospital Drive; Pioneer Home Resident Council, 4675 Glacier Highway; or Hospice of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive.

At her request, no services will be held. Her ashes will be mixed with her husband's and scattered in the spring.

The family may be contacted at 15500 Bubbling Wells, No. 303, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., 92240.

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