A celebration of Life Service for Josephine Ann “Jody” (Leach) Hamilton, age 72 of Oklahoma City formerly of Woodward will be at 1:00pm Saturday March 30, 2019 at Saint Ann Retirement Center in the Retirement Center Chapel in Oklahoma City with Father Grimes officiating. Burial will follow at the Bison Cemetery.
Jody was born on September 6, 1946 in Woodward, OK to Clarence and Nadine (Walker) Leach and passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019. She attended Woodward Public Schools. She married Dan Hamilton, the love of her life, on April 3, 1964 in Woodward. To this union, three children were born Kenneth Andrew, Robert Austin, and Travis Anthony.
Jody worked as the bookkeeper for Dan’s Welding for many years and later worked for several merchants around Woodward. She was a House Manager for OARC where she retired.
Her favorite pastimes were sewing, crafts, cooking, gardening, garage sales, and bargain shopping along with spending time with her boys and family. Grandchildren had an open invitation at Grandma Jody’s house, and each grandchild had a special bond with her.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth Hamilton and Keela, Robert Hamilton and wife Erika, and Travis Hamilton and wife Lisa. She also claimed many other “children” who called her Mom. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Melissa Bowersox and husband Zach, Martin Hamilton and Krystal Beckner, Dan Hamilton and wife Jessica, Tylan and Kaston Hamilton, Alice, Matt, and Maren Hamilton, Becklynn and Hunter Martin, and a sister Gayle Larson. Her great grandchildren include, Xander, Nikolas, and Jaxon Bowersox, Kameron and Sa’Rhea Hamilton and Kyra Taniguchi, and Catherine, Charlene, Adriana, and David Hamilton. Jody was “Grandma Jody” to countless others. She is also survived by many nieces, a nephew, and cousins that were very special to her heart along with many longtime friends. Among those closest friends are Karen Outhier, Gayle Ternes, and her companion for many years, Don Gustafson.
Jody was preceded in death by her parents, her step “Mom” June Leach Russell, her sisters Shirley Leach and Bobbie Hampton, and best friend Irene Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Oklahoma City Scouts BSA Troop 162, or the Bottineau ND Scouts BSA Troop 528.
The family wishes to thank those that kept in close contact with Jody over the last several years. The phone calls and especially the visits meant the world to her.