eleanor 'penny'hamilton
Eleanor "Penny" Hamilton September 13, 1919 – November 1, 2012 Eleanor J. Sawtelle was born the oldest in a family of five children in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. When she moved from Pennsylvania, she boasted so much about her home state that she acquired the nickname Penny. While she was in the Army for 1 ½ years she met Herald H. Hamilton and they were married November 3, 1945. Their home was blessed by three children; James, Jack and Donna. Penny didn't work outside the home since the children needed continuity in the 18 moves they made during Herald's Army career. They had 2 tours of duty in Germany. Everywhere they went they were involved in church work from Orphanages to Senior Nursing homes. Retirement from the Army brought them to Redondo Beach. Herald died May 5, 1972. Penny went to work as a Preschool teacher for 17 years. She taught Junior High Sunday School girls for 11 years at Redondo First Baptist Church. She stayed in the area working and living for the Lord until February 2010. Then, because of health issues, she moved to Washington State to live with her daughter, Donna. She died on November 1, 2012. She leaves behind her children, James and Debbie Hamilton of Euless, Texas; Jack and Laura Hamilton of Chino Hills, California; Donna and Dale Colen of Olympia, Washington. She was blessed with 8 Grandchildren… Daniel, David, Heather and Brandon Colen; Christine and Chris Fore; Holly and Eric Calderon, and 7 Great Grandchildren… DJ Colen; Elijah White, Quentin and Peyton Colen; Nate, Taylor and Josiah Fore. Memorial Service will be held at Seacoast Church in Redondo Beach, CA on November 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM. In Lieu of flowers please make Donations to Seacoast Church of Redondo Beach, California. "I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans of good and not of disaster to give you a future and hope" Jeremiah 29:11

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  1. Penny was an AMAZING woman. Her legacy will live on not only through her family, but through the countless lives she touched so sweetly, mine included. I cannot picture Penny in anything other than a smile, and I know that she is sporting her biggest smile ever as she is in the presence of Jesus.

  2. Penny blessed every one she met, her smile and love for her Lord You could feel the peace and comfort she felt in life because God was in control, she was an awsome wittness.

  3. Thank you, Lord, for people like Penny, who served as one of the surrogate parents to young Christians like I was (and my husband too) back in the early 1970s at First Baptist. Her love, genuine kindness, and rock-solid faith in the grace of Christ were both salve and strength to us, whose own families were mystified and bothered by our conversions. Thank you, Jack for sharing Penny, and by the way, Laura, thank you for sharing your parents too. We are forever grateful.

  4. Thank You Lord for the many Wonderful moments we had with Penny. She is a shining light for the Lord in so many ways. She will always be remembered as an example of Christian Love and will always be our friend, our Forever Friend we will miss until we meet again in Heaven. Diane and Ken Parker

  5. I am so blessed to have been Penny’s granddaughter! She left such a legacy of faith that we can only try to achieve. I wish I could have been in heaven to see the Lord wrap her in his arms and say “Well done my good and faithful servant.” I cannot wait to get together with those who loved my Nana in a little while and hear about how she touched so many. We all are blessed to have known her!

  6. What a blessing Penny has been to so many! Her family and friends will miss her dearly. Please remember “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” Psalm 116:15

  7. What an amazing woman! Thanks for sharing this with us! And though you have the assurance that Penny is dancing in the heaven’s with her beloved, I am sure sorry to know that your hearts will ache for the loss of her presence here and now! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  8. Penny was a gracious lady who was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of meeting her. She was a beacon of light for the Lord and an inspiration to all for what love should be. Jack and Laura, my prayers go out to you and your family at this time of loss but I know you can rest asssured that Penny is right where she wants to be.

  9. Penny was such a blessing to have known for many years. My children loved her and I was blessed when my sister married into her family in 1978. She was a wonderful friend to my mom. We will miss her but happy when God called her home..

  10. Penny will be greatly missed. She was an inspiration to so many people with her smile, positive attitude and her service to others. My thoughts and prayers are with the family especially, Debbie and Jim Hamilton. You were the best neighbors a person could ask for and I cherish all those times we shared together especially when Penny would come to visit. Penny was loved by so many and her spirit will continue on in her children and family.

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