On February 19, 2006, seven years ago today, Goldia Mae “Goldie” (Worthington) Hamilton (1912-2006), my maternal great grandmother, died in a convalescent home in Bristow, Creek Co., Oklahoma. Goldie died at the age of 93 following many years of suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Following her death, she was buried next to her husband, Harry Carl Hamilton (1891-1960) in Highland Cemetery in Okemah, Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma.
Goldie was born in 1912 the daughter of Ernest Jacob Worthington (1885-1939) and Mae Josie Gifford (1885-?). In 1933 she married Harry Carl Hamilton (1891-1960), with whom she had seven children. Goldie’s life was frequently filled with hardships, such as the abandonment of her mother when she was a little girl, living through the Great Depression, the tragic death of her step-mother, losing two of her seven children soon after their birth (one of which was her only daughter), watching one of her sons go to prison, and the death of her husband when she was only forty-eight. Despite these hardships, Goldie always found a reason to smile and laugh. She found tremendous comfort in simple things, particularly her many pets.