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The graceful and gracious Marilyn Carver Hamilton of Gloucester, aged 88, died at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Marilyn was born on April 5, 1935, in Emmett, Idaho, where her father, the late Cyril Ellis Carver, M.D., opened its first hospital in 1937 named in memory of Marilyn’s grandmother, Mary Secor. Her mother, Eleanor Wright Carver, also worked there as a nurse. Marilyn is survived by her beloved husband, Philip Wellford Hamilton Jr., and children, Kevin Bradford Chesney, Christopher Ronald Chesney, Scott Robert Hoover, and Michael Alan Chesney; her daughter, Terree Colleen Kunkle, having predeceased her. As a child, Marilyn moved with her family from Idaho to Pasadena, Calif., where she graduated from Pasadena Academy in 1953 and attended Sawyer’s School of Business. Marilyn raised five children in Costa Mesa, Calif., where she also began a successful career in real estate finance. In 2005, Marilyn was offered a promotion to vice president at Orange County Bank but turned it down to marry the dashing Philip Hamilton who swept her away to Gloucester to become the mistress of Severnby, the manor home built by Mr. Hamilton’s grandfather in 1892. During her 19 years at Severnby, Marilyn graciously shared their home with the community, hosting numerous events for the Ware River Circle of The King’s Daughters and Sons and the Gloucester Woman’s Club. Phil and Marilyn spent their years at Severnby in true marital bliss. The depth, strength, and generosity of their love for each other became a blessing to all who were close to them. Marilyn’s dedication to Phil was never more evident than after his horrific car accident in 2020 when she spent her days by his side throughout his hospitalization and rehabilitation. Marilyn was staying in the room next to Phil at the Sanders Rehabilitation Center at the time of her passing. Phil was able to tell her he loved her one last time before she died with her beloved son Kevin by her side, who was grateful to be holding her hand. The family would like to thank the people of the Riverside Health System for their years of support and care for Phil and Marilyn. Marilyn’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Abingdon Episcopal Church beginning at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Sven vanBaars. The interment will follow in the church cemetery followed by a reception in the social hall.

Services will be under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.