Bill Text: IL SR2035 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Mourns the death of Ruth Hurlburt Hamilton.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-11-15 - Resolution Adopted [SR2035 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SR2035-Introduced.html

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2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Ruth Hurlburt Hamilton on June 26, 2018
4at the age of 97; and
5 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton was born in Kirksville, Missouri in
61921, but spent most of her life as a devoted Oak Parker; she
7graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and
8decided to study acting; she attended the Goodman School of
9Drama for a year, being cast as a thorn bush in Sleeping
10Beauty; the director criticized her portrayal in rehearsal,
11saying she was not "brambling" properly; she then attended
12Pomona College and later graduated with a degree in English
13Literature from Rosary College in River Forest; and
14 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton married Allen Beye Hamilton in 1943;
15during her long and happy marriage, she wrote poems and
16published several in the Ladies Home Journal; her poem, Song
17for A Fifth Child, has been read and cherished through decades
18by generations of mothers; and
19 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton had many vocations, including
20acting in community theater productions, working with Oak Park
21and River Forest High School productions, and writing profiles
22of actors that appeared in the Chicago Daily News and many

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1other newspapers; and
2 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton was known for writing letters and
3other pieces which carried her signature sparkle, wit, and
4generosity; she wrote such a charming letter to the actress
5Lynne Fontanne that Fontanne and husband, Alfred Lunt, agreed
6to be interviewed, although they had long since stopped
7agreeing to being profiled; and
8 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton spent the last ten years of her life
9at the Presbyterian Home in Evanston; her enormous capacity for
10happiness was a gift that touched everyone she met; and
11 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton was preceded in death by her loving
12husband, Allen, and her daughter, Sarah; and
13 WHEREAS, Ruth Hamilton is remembered for her profound joy
14and is survived by her children, Duncan, Bruce, Jeremy, and
15Jane; her son-in-law, Bob Willard; and her grandchildren, Allen
16and Duncan Riddell and Ben and Hannah Willard; therefore, be it
18ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
19Ruth Hurlburt Hamilton, and extend our sincere condolences to
20her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it

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1 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to the family of Ruth Hamilton as an expression of
3our deepest sympathy.