Shirley Marie Hamilton, 81, rural Williamsburg, passed away late Friday afternoon at her residence after a lengthy illness.
She was born in rural Martinsburg, daughter of the late Melvin H. and Gertrude A. (Smith) Hamilton.
Surviving are two daughters: Lugene Byrnes and husband, Richard, of Duncansville, and Cindy Stevanus of Altoona; her very dear companion, Palmer Sweeney, with whom she resided for 49 years; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Frederick and husband, Richard, of rural Martinsburg.
She was preceded in death by an infant sister in 1943.
Shirley was a graduate of Morrisons Cove High School, Martinsburg.
She retired as a machine operator from Roaring Spring Paper Products, Martinsburg plant, with more than 40 years of service.
Shirley was a former member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg.
She enjoyed flowers, cooking and baking and spending time with all of her family, and especially with her dog, Nicki, who was the highlight of her life.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, with Pastor Scott E. Schul officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.