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Mary Elizabeth Betty Hamilton


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hamilton, age 86, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2020 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Jones “Ham” Hamilton, and son, Stephen Allison “Steve” Ensley.
Betty is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Dinah and Marcus Collins, Shelly and Stewart Terry; daughter-in-law, Ellen Ensley; four grandchildren (Jason, Abhram, Camden and Peyton); and three great-grandchildren (Sayla, CJ and Graham).
Betty was born in Odum, GA on January 11, 1934 and is of the Christian faith. She lived in several places throughout her life including Fernandina Beach, FL, Sylva, NC, Tavares, FL and Knoxville, TN. Above all, she was a loving and devoted mother who worked hard to provide a great home for her family. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She lived it year-round for 20 years while she owned and operated Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop, which is still open and celebrating 51 years of business. After retirement, Betty visited her family and friends, enjoyed lawn bowling and golf, traveled throughout the US and world, and played many rounds of Skit Scat, Hand & Foot, Dominoes, Skip Bo, and Uno. In fact, we played several games in the hospital on Saturday. In short, she was an extraordinary woman, led an amazing life and touched so many people throughout her life. She will be dearly missed!
With health guidelines in place, Graveside Services will be held at Bosque Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2pm.


Ted Green December 15, 2020

As a long time friend of Steve, I wish to extend condolences from the 16th street Fernandina Beach Green family on the loss of this remarkable woman..
Ivalene Miles December 15, 2020

Shelly, Dinah and all the family. I knew and loved Betty for many years. We were cousins coming from the same Mallard family in Wayne County. She had a great love for her family and almost anyone she came in contact. She was a people person for sure. May the Lord give you peace in the coming days! Love to all, Ivalene Mallard Miles
Georgia Landrum December 15, 2020

She was one fun girl! Queen of Baytree. She was greatly .missed when she moved to TN.
Ann Duck December 15, 2020

My prayers and sympathy to Dinah and Marcus and your family yes Betty was a fun loving LADY we all had a lot of laughs at Baytree ,she will be missed.
Valrie Terry Woodward December 16, 2020

The Terrys and Woodwards wish to express our condolences on behalf of a remarkable lady, your mother Shelly. She had a tremendous life and was a strong, smart and successful lady. We enjoyed being with her and sharing holidays, special occasions and for me the game times. She left good memories, stories and a great legacy for you all Shelly. God bless you all in the days ahead. Prayers for you!
Bethany Morgan Hawkins December 16, 2020

My condolences to Shelly and Dinah. I remember all the fun we use to have as kids playing at the motel. She was such a spunky, fun loving mom. Pray that God will send all of you comfort and peace as you face the days ahead.
Kathy Hensley Alexander December 16, 2020

Dinah and Shelly,
So sorry to hear of your mother�s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lesha Setzer December 17, 2020

Dinah and Shelly,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother�s passing. She was a wonderful lady and I had some great times decorating Christmas trees with her! She also taught me how to put potato chips in my sandwich to give it that �extra� crunch! I hope the wonderful memories you have of her bring you some comfort at this time and may peace be in your heart during this season of hope.
Gretta Rosbor-Worley December 17, 2020

Dinah & Shelly:

I am so saddened to learn of your mother�s passing. I remember Ms. Hamilton fondly � always welcoming and always smiling. I lost my mom in May and nothing compares to how losing your mother hits you. I pray that God wraps his loving arms around you and holds you tightly in His love. I know there will be tears, but I hope when you remember, your smiles will always outweigh your tears. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days that will follow, especially during the holiday season. Love You both!
Rick Harrison December 17, 2020

Shelly and Dinah� I�m so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweetheart. Always cheerful. Always nice to me, even when I was an obnoxious kid flirting with her daughters. She will be missed. I can�t go through Dillsboro without thinking of her and the Christmas shop. And I�ve told the story of Ham mowing the lawn and being asked how much he charged roughly 100 times. I�m thinking of you guys today. So deeply saddened. If you�re ever back in Sylva, please get in touch. I moved my family back here a couple of years ago.
Carl & Barbara December 17, 2020

Barbara and I sure enjoyed our time with Betty. We loved her and are praying for comfort to the families.
Gerena Parker December 17, 2020

Dinah and Shelly and family
In this world there are do-ers and be-ers. Betty was a do-er. She�s the first one I�d pick to be on my team, whether on the playground, the card table, any lawn game, but especially in business. She maintained a positive can-do attitude, even in difficult circumstances, and never failed to help us all solve our own problems haha. I do and will cherish every memory of our times together in the past 30+ years. She has remained a loyal and faithful friend from the beginning. She loved her family so and I will always smile when I think of her. And I will see her each time I see you all smile. Much love.
Karen Carnes December 19, 2020

Shelly& family, so sorry to read about the loss of your Mother. Praying for peace & comfort in the days ahead
Charlotte Harrison December 19, 2020

It�s funny that you mentioned Skit Skat. I was thinking the other day that some of my favorite memories are of your mom and mine sitting around the big dining table with friends and family paying that crazy game. It seemed to me the later it got the louder they got. I loved sitting on the stairs listening to their laughter. Betty was so very special and loved by so many including momma. I�m truly sorry for the sadness your family is feeling at this difficult time but I know your mom is at peace now and surrounded by so many who love her and have been patiently waiting to see her again. Sending love and condolences

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