75-YEARS-YOUNG – Emily Doyle, age 3, is held by her mother, Anne, as she gives Smokey Bear a high-five during the U.S. Forest Service fire prevention mascot's 75th birthday celebration Saturday morning at the Sawmill Creek Campground. The celebration included games related to fire prevention and a birthday cake. The event also showcased work done at the campground as part of the Blue Lake Dam expansion project. New features include a picnic shelter, benches, restroom and landscaping. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Linda Hamilton, Former Sitkan, Dies in Montana

Linda Hamilton

Blessed are those who have known love and given love. Linda Kathryn (Dombroski) Hamilton finished her journey through life filled with love on July 12, 2019.
“Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8). She taught us all the truth of love and showed that to every soul whose life she touched, her family said. Her soul is now free and rejoicing at the end of a long journey through the trial of breast cancer.
Linda was born Aug. 6, 1948, in Springfield, Illinois, and was raised there.
She lived in Normal, Illinois,  while attending Illinois State, where she met Steve Hamilton, who became her husband of 50 years.  She then left Illinois in the spirit of adventure and moved to Sitka, where she raised her family and worked for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., managing elderly and low-income housing.
She and her husband left Sitka for Kalispell, Montana, where she lived out the rest of her days.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; two sons, Nathan and Ethan Hamilton; her younger sister, Diane Suderman; and her twin brother, Michael (Nancy) Dombroski. Nephews, nieces and two great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Bernice (Shevokas) Dombroski.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held 11 a.m. July 19, 2019 at the Viola Cemetery, Viola, Illinois. A time of fellowship and luncheon will immediately follow at Speer Funeral Home, 2502 SE 3rd St. , Aledo, Illinois.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks friends to please consider a donation to the Linda K. Hamilton memorial Fund through the Susan G. Komen Foundation at http://www.info-komen.org/goto/Linda_K_Hamilton.

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