Betty Hamilton


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hamilton, age 86, passed away peacefully on Dec. 13, 2020, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Jones “Ham” Hamilton; and son, Stephen Allison “Steve” Ensley.

Betty is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Dinah and Marcus Collins, Shelly and Stewart Terry; daughter-in-law, Ellen Ensley; four grandchildren, Jason, Abhram, Camden and Peyton; and three great-grandchildren, Sayla, C.J. and Graham.

Betty was born in Odum, Ga., on Jan. 11, 1934, and is of the Christian faith. She lived in several places throughout her life including Jesup, Ga., Fernandina Beach, Fla., Sylva, N.C., Tavares, Fla., and Knoxville, Tenn. Above all, she was a loving and devoted mother who worked hard to provide a great home for her family.

Christmas was her favorite time of year. She lived it year-round for 20 years while she owned and operated Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop, which is still open and celebrating 51 years in business. After retirement, Betty visited her family and friends, enjoyed lawn bowling and golf, traveled throughout the U.S. and world, and played many rounds of Skit Scat, Hand & Foot, Dominoes, Skip Bo and Uno. In fact, we played several games in the hospital on Saturday. In short, she was an extraordinary woman, led an amazing life and touched so many people throughout her life. She will be dearly missed!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

With health guidelines in place, graveside services will be held at Bosque Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach, Florida on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Oxley Heard Funeral Directors, 1305 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

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