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LaMoine (Black) Hamilton, 74 of St. James, beloved wife, mom, grandma, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend of many, entered into her heavenly home on July 29, 2014 after suffering a short battle with lung cancer.

LaMoine was born September 13, 1939 in Richland, MO to James Robert Black and Augusta “Gussie” Katherin (Howlett). LaMoine grew up on the Black family farm in Swedeborg, MO. As the oldest child, she helped dad around the farm and drove the tractor wearing her overalls. She was united in marriage on June 5, 1966 to Edward Hamilton from Crocker. She is a graduate of Richland High School, Southwest Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Baylor University, and Southwest Missouri State University, obtaining masters degrees in psychology and education. A school teacher for thirty years, she taught various grades and subjects in Willow Springs, Dixon and Houston school systems. She had a love for reading and a passion for motivating children to read. LaMoine enjoyed watching her students excel in the subject of reading, while using technology. She continued substitute teaching following retirement and most recently substituted in April of 2014. In 1989, LaMoine was recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the top Incentive Grant Writer in the state of Missouri. In 1990, LaMoine received the Achievement in Education Award from Optimist International and in 2000 she was a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. Since 2005, LaMoine has faithfully served the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH). From 2005 to 2011 she served on the Board of Trustees. She was also a member of the MBCH affiliate board, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, from 2008 to present, and in 2009, she was named Ambassador of the Year. Throughout her married life, LaMoine has been a loving and supportive pastor’s wife serving faithfully alongside her husband in the church and community. She encouraged others through her kind words and deeds, optimistic outlook and joy of cooking fresh vegetables from her garden and baking a plethora of delicious desserts. Previous memberships include the Retired Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, International Reading Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Houston Title I Parent/Teacher advisory board.

LaMoine is survived by her husband Edward of St. James; son Doug (Tracy) of Shawnee, KS; son Phil (Cassandra) of St. James; seven grandchildren: Paige, Allison, Spencer, and Trey of Shawnee, KS and Colton, Ciera, and Carly of St. James; siblings LaGayle Horinbein (Howard) of Lake Forest, CA; Linda Shady (Pepper) of Lake Winnebago, MO; J R Black (Nina) of Richland, MO; and Sandra Gibson (L.E.) of Richland, MO; sister-in-law Sharon Kappleman of Jefferson City, and several cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Funeral Services will be held at Ozark Baptist Church in Houston, MO on Monday, August 4 at 1 PM with Kenny Qualls officiating and visitation occurring prior to the service at the church, starting at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

Interment in Crocker, MO

Funeral Services provided by Evans Funeral Home in Houston, MO

A special thanks to Phelps County Hospice for their service and primary care physician, Jim Elam, MD.

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