Ju­dith will be re­mem­bered for com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion

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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.

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