Gwendolyn B. (Wheat) Hamilton, 95, of Ocala, FL passed on September 2, 2022 at home.
An Oklahoma native, she was born on September 26, 1926 to Evert and Goldie (Evans) Wheat.
She married T. Edward (Jack) Hamilton on July 1, 1950. They met in California, married in Indiana and moved to Michigan in 1953. Mrs. Hamilton was a successful businesswoman; she and her husband founded Hamilton Products, a manufacturer of nylon and leather products for large and small animals, in their garage in Pontiac, Michigan in 1973. She operated the company after Mr. Hamilton’s death, until she sold Hamilton Products in 2006, at the age of 80. After her retirement from Hamilton Products, she enjoyed traveling and her family.
With her husband, Mrs. Hamilton owned horse farms in Ocala for more than 30 years. Their horses raced at various tracks through the states.
She was a member of the Ocala Royal Dames, Golden Ocala, and life member of Bloomfield Open Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Surviving is her daughter, Judith Hamilton Burtenshaw; grandchildren, Kristine Hartman and Keri Drescher; great-grandchildren, Melialani Hamilton, Andrew Hamilton, Trevor Hartman, Trista Hartman, Kalia McClellan, Sarah Buell and Emma Drescher; and many nieces, nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T. Edward (Jack) Hamilton; daughter, Pamelia Hamilton; son, Thomas Hamilton Jr.; grandson, Thomas Edward Hamilton, III; brothers, Vic and Bud Wheat; and sisters, Louise Booth and Donna Hass.
The viewing will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Hiers – Baxley Funeral Home, Ocala Chapel. The Mass of the resurrection will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Ocala. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Ocala.
Arrangements are in the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, Ocala Chapel.