Pawhuska resident Betty J. Hamilton passed away Saturday, June 22 in the Pawhuska Nursing Home. She was 88 years old.

Betty was born Jan. 2, 1925 in Springfield, Mo., the adopted daughter of Oscar and Ruth Ann (White) Richardson. Betty and her sister had been raised by their grandmother, Alice Mayfield. When she turned 18, Betty moved to Tulsa, Okla. to work. At age 24, she met Maurice Hamilton and on July 19, 1950, they were married for the first time in Springfield. They returned to Tulsa, where they lived for 49 years.

Proving their faith in God, they married for the second time in 1955 in the Catholic Church, and remained devoted Catholics for the rest of their lives. Every ten years, the Hamiltons renewed their vows in the Church. They had been married for over 60 years when Maurice passed away on February 18, 2011.

Betty was a member of the American Legion Post 198 Auxiliary, the Klash Kah She Club and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She had also been an advocate for the Marland Children’s Home.

Survivors include her brother-in-law Otto Hamilton; sister-in-law Christine NoEar; niece Marjorie Williams; nine additional nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other family and friends. In addition to her husband, Maurice, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, four nephews and a niece.

Rosary was recited on Monday, June 24 at the Indian Camp Chapel in Pawhuska. Traditional Indian Service were held Tuesday, June 25 also at the chapel. Mass followed at at the Immaculate conception Catholic Church. Father Chris Daigle will officiated. Interment was at the Pawhuska City Cemetery.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.