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Helen Carol Roberts Hamilton, age 80, passed from this life and into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 28, 2017.

She was born in Fleming County on June 15, 1936, and continued her life on the family farm on the waters of Fox Creek near Hillsboro until she was called home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Hamilton; her parents, Hobert Leon "Jack" Roberts and Thelma Filson Roberts; her brother, Jackie Allen "Jack" Roberts; her half-brother, Buddy Roberts; her son, Paul Hamilton; her granddaughter, Melanie Hamilton; her daughter and son-in-law, Willa Carol Hamilton Adkins and Douglas J. Adkins; and son-in-law, Stephen Michael Gantz.

Helen is survived by four children, Rebecca Lynn Proudfoot of Richmond, Leroy Hamilton of Hillsboro, Anita Joy Yonts (Mark) of Lexington, and Roger Hamilton (Carla Jones) of Morehead; her brother, Weldon Filson Roberts (Mila) and family of Cookeville, Tennessee; her sister, Brenda Roberts Mahaffey (Gene) and family of West Union, Ohio; and her sister-in-law, Nancy Roberts and son, Terry Roberts, of Dayton, Ohio.

She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Keegan Stewart (Shane), Robert Proudfoot (Christy Te), Rebecca Ann Proudfoot (Kyle Hord), Abigail Carol Adkins, Austin Adkins, Rachel Yonts, Matthew Yonts, Mellisa Hamilton, Hunter Hamilton, Maxwell Hamilton, and Gracie Hamilton; and four great grandchildren, Mason Roberts, Ethan Roberts, Dylan Roberts, Serena Roberts. She is also survived by three half-sisters, Robin, Kimberly and Patty, and three half-brothers, Steve, Timmy and Larry, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other loved ones.

Helen lived a full life with her family. She and her husband, Willis, along with their children put in many hardworking hours on the family farm in Hillsboro raising cattle and tobacco. In later years, she continued managing the farm with the help of her family, raising chickens and focusing on her flowers around the outside of the house. Family members and friends have precious memories of spending wonderful evenings with Helen on the family swing and picnic table near the old farmhouse, feeling the ever-present breeze on top on the hill, and looking at all the blooming plants she had assembled. She made the farm a home.

In addition to raising her family and working on the farm, Helen also worked 23 years at Hillsboro Elementary School managing the cafeteria and cooking meals until her retirement. Helen was known far and wide for her skills in the kitchen, often taking requests for her fried chicken, yeast rolls, and just about everything she put in the oven. She was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes and other items for her children and grandchildren throughout the years. Her homemade quilts, pillows, and throws, already treasured by the family, have now become priceless.

Above all, however, Helen was a good Christian woman. She attended church and was a member of the Sharkey Baptist Church in Morehead. She lived her life, and counseled others, in the spirit of peace and reconciliation. If there were broken fences, she mended them, literally and figuratively. She was always humble, humorous, loving, and gracious. The magnitude of her generosity, however, will never be fully known as she did not seek such attention. She simply took care of those in need. She endured hard times, enjoyed life on the farm she loved, and cherished her family.

The family mourns the loss of Helen while admiring the example of her life. She made all the sacrifices a mother makes while guiding loved ones through the storms of life. She was an anchor to those who knew and loved her—and the irreplaceable heart of her family. The family's great sorrow is lessened with the knowledge that she suffers no more, and now resides in heaven where she will be reunited with them when the Lord calls.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Harley Sexton, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in the Filson Cemetery in Fleming County.

Pallbearers: Hunter Hamilton, Maxwell Hamilton, Austin Adkins, Mark Yonts, Matthew Yonts, Robert Schaffer Proudfoot, Kyle Hord, and Shane Stewart. Honorary pallbearers: Terry Roberts, Elijah Sexton, and Ethan Roberts.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.

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Published on March 2, 2017
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