Clara Jean Hamilton was born Feb. 16, 1935, on the family farm north of Wauneta, Nebraska, to Cecil R. and Mabel E. (Hallett) Maddux.
Clara grew up and attended school in Wauneta, graduating from Wauneta High School in 1952. She went on to further her education at McCook Community College where she received her Associate’s Degree in teaching. Clara taught at a country school just north of Wauneta.
On May 13, 1956, Clara married Robert Dale Hamilton and the couple settled in Wauneta where they raised their two sons Doug and David.
Clara loved gardening and drawing. She also enjoyed singing, dancing, and writing letters to family and friends. Clara loved her animals and most of all she loved spending time with her family and loved ones.
Clara passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at the Wauneta Care and Therapy Center. She was 85 years of age.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law Mary and Orval Hamilton; brothers-in-law Ray Hamilton, Rodney Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hamilton, and great-grandson Caleb Robert Gibbs.
Survivors include husband Bob of Wauneta; sons Doug Hamilton of Alliance; Dave Hamilton and wife Tina of Wauneta; grandchildren Tobey (Tracey) Hamilton, Jeff Hamilton and Brandi Burke, Kayla (Chris) Cielocha, Justin (Holly) Hamilton, Jenny (Bryan) Gibbs, Shelby Brennan, Megan Brennan, Lorenzo Cavanaugh, Cheyenne Cavanaugh, Dennis Cavanaugh; great-grandchildren Mason, Elena, Parker, Maren, Brayden, Brylee, Kaitlynn, Audrey, Alicyn, and Jase; brother Joe Maddux and wife Joan of Wauneta; sister Lorraine Hannah of Stratton; numerous local brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Clara were held Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, with Pastor Elias Mukindia officiating.
Visitation was held for family and close friends only on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, 2-6 p.m. at Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta.
The family suggests no flowers, but memorials to the Wauneta United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta entrusted with arrangements.