Obituary: Marion Etter Hamilton

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Marion Etter Hamilton died peacefully at home on Feb. 3 surrounded by family and friends.

Marion was born on June 21, 1933, in Doris, Calif. She attended Dominican University where she met William Hamilton III.

The two fell in love, married, and began a life of adventure. They raised two children in Africa, South America, and finally back in California.

Marion was a lifelong artist and served as director of the Davis Arts Center in the 70s. She filled her home with vibrant patterns, sculptures and paintings.

In the 90s, she channeled her love of antiques and ethnographic art into a shop in Winters, which became a tourism draw decades before Winters was known as a destination. Many residents of Winters and beyond still cherish treasures from the Winters Antique Company.

Marion loved to travel and did so into her eighties. She proudly proclaimed to have visited over 80 percent of the world’s countries.

Her friends will remember her as a lover of sporty cars, stylish clothing, and gatherings at her home overlooking the Sacramento Valley.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, William Hamilton III, and her son John Hamilton. She leaves behind daughter Susan Hamilton, grandchildren Lily Starling, Emma Johnson and her spouse Ben Johnson, and William Pfanner and his spouse Frankie Pfanner, and great-grandchildren Michael and Phoebe Johnson. She will be remembered by a worldwide community of friends who shared her adventures.

A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 24.

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