Judith will be remembered for community contribution
THE Upper Kiewa Valley recently farewelled Judith Ann Hamilton, a long-time resident of Mt Beauty.
She was born Judith Ann Stone in May 1936 at the Jessie McPherson Hospital in Melbourne, and grew up in the inner western suburbs.
Judith and her father were avid fans of all sorts of sport, especially when it came to supporting their beloved Western Bulldogs.
At the age of 18 she began nursing at the Royal Children’s Hospital, which is where she met her husband Bill, who was working there as an electrician,
They were married for 53 years, spending their early married life in Morwell before moving to Tarraleah in Tasmania where Bill trained as an electrical operator in power stations.
Later they moved their family back to the mainland, with Bill securing a job with the SEC with a house in Bogong Village.
Once settled in the Kiewa Valley, Judy began the community work to which she devoted much of her life.
She began as a volunteer swimming instructor for local children, and later, after moving to Mt Beauty, she took on the job of Home Help supervisor for the Shire of Bright, a role in which she always went above and beyond, performing cleaning duties or comforting clients well after hours.
During this time she was heavily involved in the welfare committee assisting the most vulnerable of community members, as well as being involved with the local kindergarten, high school, Girl Guides, Make-A-Wish foundation and Orchid Club in Albury Wodonga and Wangaratta.
She was president of the Uniting Church Opportunity Shop and enjoyed the Mt Beauty CFA woman’s auxiliary, while also contributing to the Community Health Advisory Group for the Alpine Shire.
In later years Judith visited Kiewa Valley House Aged Care facility to share singing with the residents.
Failing health finally forced her into nursing home accommodation, where she continued to be involved in the life of that small community.
Judith Hamilton was a woman who lived in a time of gender inequality and was a strong voice for individuals to achieve their dreams no matter their gender, race or disposition.
She leaves two daughters, Ann and Robyn, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
WELL KNOWN: Long-time Kiewa Valley resident Judith Hamilton passed away recently.