Elaine T. Hamilton died peacefully Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at home with her loving family by her side. Elaine was born in Meriden August 10, 1933 and lived here all of her life. She was the daughter of the late Norman and Dorothy Duke Tisdall. She was predeceased by her husband, Mark L. Hamilton. She graduated from Meriden High School in 1951 and maintained an active roll in planning the reunions for her class. She enjoyed following UCONN Girls Basketball, and was a life-long Red Sox fan. Her quick wit and wry sense of humor always brought a smile to those who knew her. She displayed her compassionate and giving nature through her love of animals. For many years she was involved with Merry Mates, and portrayed characters in such plays as Grammercy Ghost, Arsenic & Old Lace & Dear Delinquent. She was active in Charity Club, College Club, Girls Club, and Camp Claire. She was also a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and spent two special weeks each summer on AMC's 3-Mile Island in New Hampshire with her husband and friends. Of all Elaine's clubs, the most dear to her was the Bridge Club, a group of very special ladies and life-long friends. The sisterhood will never be the same. Most of all, she cherished her family. Elaine is survived by her children: Shelley Hamilton Mack and her husband Thomas of Essex, Jean Hamilton Welch and her husband Robert of Vail, AZ, her son Mark L. Hamilton, Jr. and his wife Meg of Meriden, and her two beautiful grandchildren Mackenzie J. Hamilton, and Mckayla L. Hamilton. Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 26th at The First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden. The Rev. John Clarke will officiate. A reception in Smith Hall will immediately follow. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Camp Claire's Beautification Fund in Elaine's name, P.O. Box 702, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Services under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.

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  1. Dear Jean, Shelley & Marcus: Jonathan & I extend our most heartfelt sympathies to you on Elaine’s death. You all make up a very special and loving family, and I feel privileged to have had a small part in Elaine’s care and support of your family during her illness. She clearly loved you, your spouses and her precious grand daughters. I am certain that you have many wonderful (and probably humorous) memories of your Mom, and I trust that you will hold those close to your hearts. God Bless all of you.

  2. My memories of Elaine go back to Meriden HS. Elaine was such a special person. I can visualize her smile even now. I extend my deepest sympathy to the children and grandchildren. Elaine was a wonderful person.

  3. My thoughts and prayers go out to Elaine and her extended family.You will be greatly missed Elaine. Sincerely, your hairdresser Carla at Salon Nathaniel

  4. My thoughts are prayers are out to the family. I remember Elaine in my Mule’s Mkt days. She was a regular customer there as it was close to her home. She was always happy and upbeat! I am blessed to have had the experience of knowing her…

  5. People have always asked me what made our reunions so popular and successful. The answer was easy – Hard work and loving concern on the part of people like Elaine. Elaine’s organizational and fun-loving skills coupled with Mark’s artistic skills was a guarantee for a great reunion. My deepest sympathy to the entire family on the loss of this very special person. Ed Tomassetti MHS Class of 1951

  6. What a great spark to our class of 1951!!! She was our special fan of .Purple Passion. and we will miss being able to share emails with her. May God find a special place for her in Heaven!!!! Ron and Lucy Meoni

  7. Our fondest memories of Three Mile Island in NH involve our time with Elaine and Mark. We will treasure them as we share Elaine’s family’s grief.

  8. Dear Shelley, We were saddened to read of your mother’s passing and wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and your family Love from Pat and Martin Thurston

  9. Classmates in school years and friends through life.Elaine was a wonderful person and will always be remembered for her intelligence, fun-loving spirit and commitment to her friends, especially those from MHS 1951. My deepest sympathy to the family of this special lady. Barbara Cavalieri Mount MHS Class of 1951

  10. Dear Shell…just returned home this evening to hear of your loss..I am so sorry..my heart goes out to you and your family..the few times I met her showed her enjoyment of her family..all our love.

  11. Dear Shelley, We were saddened to read of your mother’s passing and wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and your family Love from Pat and Martin Thurston

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