Maxine Hamilton

Billie Maxine Hamilton, 74, of Cabool, died Saturday, July 24, 2010.

She was born Dec. 16, 1935, in Bado, daughter of Cleo and Della Wilson McCall. She and Everett Hamilton were married Aug. 1, 1954.

Known to friends and family as “Grandma Mac,” she lived in Bado, Bucyrus and Cabool before graduating from Cabool High School in 1954.

She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and Lord at an early age and was baptized at Simmons Baptist Camp. She was a charter member of Cabool Second Baptist Church.

She worked many jobs. She was the Burdine Township tax collector and bookkeeper for Simonson Chemical. In the 1960s, she and her sister-in-law operated a Memorial Day artificial flower business. She later helped her husband and son, Allen, raise registered Charolais and run a 100-cow dairy farm.

In the 1980s, she began working with her daughter, Cleea, at her retail store on Main Street. She later worked with her at Carousel Unlimited. She and her husband worked exhibition shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

She was a member of the board of directors of Kabul Nursing Home and for many years served the City of Cabool on the board of equalization and planning and zoning board.

She loved her classmates, Farkel and quilting friends, helping others, working in her garden, clogging, square dancing and traveling across southwest Missouri.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; her parents; and a brother, Wendall McCall.

Survivors include a daughter, Cleea Walls of Cabool; a son, Allen Hamilton of Cabool; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and another on the way; two sisters, Darlene Lawrence of Harrison, Ark., and Bonnie Nichols of Willow Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Tuesday, July 27, at Cabool Second Baptist Church with Bro. David Purichia officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Cabool Second Baptist Church Prayer Garden. Online condolences may be left at

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