Gertrude Elizabeth (Adkins) Hamilton passed away on December 28, 2019, at the Maple Heights Care Center in Hiawatha, KS. She was the daughter of Samuel (Frank) and Maude (Randall) Adkins. Gertrude was born on February 26, 1932, at Everest, KS.
She was loved for her caring heart, spunky sense of humor, and her willingness to help people going through hard times. She was also known for being a strong and intelligent woman. After her children were grown, she attended Highland Community College, receiving an associate’s degree in law. Gert was also a member of the city council in White Cloud from 1987 to 2007. She served as the mayor of White Cloud for a short time. During her time on the council, she was instrumental in getting the new water well system and park in White Cloud. Gertrude was known for her ability to cook from scratch at a moment’s notice. Many enjoyed homemade Sunday dinners, especially her chicken and noodles.
Gertrude married George Arthur Hamilton on October 30, 1950, in Hiawatha, KS. They started their married life in Salem, NE, then moving to White Cloud, KS, in 1953, living there till 2010. Together they raised nine children. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband George, son Jesse and grandson Tony Acton. Additional family members that preceded Gertrude were Brothers Alfred, Jack, Melvin, Samuel, and Dick Adkins and sisters Betty Myers and Erma Pohl.
Surviving Gertrude are her children: Georgia (Rich) Jones, Robert (Hui Cha) Hamilton, Mary (Robert) Waggoner, Sheryl Hamilton (widow of Jesse), Sue (Roger) Drake, Clinton (JoNell) Hamilton, Pam Hamilton, Francie Hamilton, Carla (Morris) Watkins. Twenty-three grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and 15 great, great-grandchildren. Additional survivors are Sisters Cleo Stewart and Joyce Moppin and Brothers Art, Delbert, John, and Danny Adkins
Family visitation was at the Dorr and Clark Funeral Home in Falls City, NE Thursday, January 2, 2020, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The funeral service was on Friday, January 3, at the Dorr and Clark Funeral Home in Falls City, NE, at 10:30 am. Interment followed at the Maple Cemetery in Salem, NE.