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Jeanne Evelyn Hamlin, 95, died on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at her home in Snowflake from causes incident to her age. The public visitation and viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. Ninth St. in Show Low. Her funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, also at White Mountain Chapel, where additional visitation and viewing time will begin one hour prior. The funeral service will be immediately followed by a light reception. The concluding service and interment will take place later that afternoon (approximately 1:30 p.m.) at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake, where she will be laid to rest alongside her forever sweetheart, Loyce.
She was born Jean Evelyn (but she always preferred the beautiful spelling of Jeanne) to her parents, the late, Jay “Fred” and Eve (Laughren) Duey.
Jeanne graduated from Cleveland High School in the late 1930s. After her graduation, she attended business college, where she received her academic “know-how” to become an extremely skilled legal secretary. A few short years later, in 1944, Jeanne moved from her native Ohio and headed west, settling in Phoenix.
She made Phoenix her home for 30 years. While living there, she worked at the Law Firm of Moot, Kemp & Galloway for decades. In the early 1950s, Jeanne married her second husband, Loyce Merwin Hamlin. In 1974, the Hamlins moved to Payson. While there, Jeanne worked as dispatcher for the Gila County Sheriff’s Office from the late 1970s through the early 1980s.
After living as a “Paysonite” for 18 years, she and Loyce moved to Snowflake, where they lived the remainder of their years. Sadly, on Nov. 30, 2006, her husband of well over 50 years, Loyce, passed away. She was (and is) forever grateful to that man she considered to be her “best friend.”
Jeanne never was one to sit idly by. She always was working on one project or another. She spent countless hours sewing and was a real fine seamstress. She could make just about anything, and, even up to her final months, collected all types of sewing patterns and fabric.
Too, Jeanne was a woman of great faith. She loved the Lord “with all of her heart, might, mind and strength.” She was a true Christian in every sense of the word as she followed the Lord’s admonition to, “Love one another.” She was a people person, and spent her life in the service of her family, friends and neighbors. She possessed a genuine love and concern for all within her life. This sweet lady will be missed by her family and many friends.
Survivors include her two children, Starlet Jones of Phoenix and Mark Hamlin of Snowflake; three grandchildren, Adam Jones of Phoenix, Jessica Hamlin of Texas and Ashley Hamlin (Chris Rhine) of Phoenix; and two great-grandchildren, Caiden Rhine and Addison Rhine, both of Phoenix.