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Mildred K. Hamel: 1927-2019


Last updated 3/26/2019 at Noon

Mildred K. Hamel passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by loved ones. Mildred was born on October 25, 1927, to Jacob and Fredricka Kienzle of Bismarck, North Dakota.

She and her family later located to St. Ignatius, Montana, where she met and married the love of her life, Walter Hamel, who preceded her in passing. In St. Ignatius, Mildred worked as a bookkeeper for the family service station, Hamel’s Exxon, and as a licensed nursing assistant at the Holy Family Hospital.

Following retirement, she enjoyed traveling with Walter, crocheting, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Following Walter’s passing in 1998; Mildred moved to Missoula, Montana, to be closer to her sister and cousins, and later relocated to Edmonds, Washington, to be near her daughter, Gayle, and her family.

Mildred maintained a very active social calendar, playing bridge, Rummikub, and Mexican Train. She was also a member of the Red Hats Society of Edmonds. She volunteered at the Edmonds Senior Center, and later at the Gift Closet, where she also sold her crocheted kitchen towels. She was proud to be the top seller at the boutique for many months.

Mildred will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. Mildred leaves behind her two sons, Ron Hamel of Thompson Falls, Montana, and his family (Kelly Hamel, Angie Lowe, and Karissa Lowe); Rob Hamel of Billings, Montana, and his family (Lynell Hamel, Tom Hentz, Tiara (Madi) Hentz, and T.J. Hentz); and her granddaughter, Shana Kelly of Seattle, Washington, and her family (Peter Levinthal and Amara Levinthal).

She will be put to rest with her husband, Walter, her daughter Gayle, and her son Jimmy, who all preceded her in death.

A graveside memorial will be held in St. Ignatius, Montana, at the Pleasant View Cemetery on Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m., with a celebration of life following. A celebration of her life will also be held at the meeting room at the Sundowner Condominiums at 217 Alder Street in Edmonds on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider donating in Mildred’s name to the Columbia Lutheran Home, a Seattle-based skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that provides quality care to seniors, regardless of ability to pay. www.columbialutheranhome.org/give, 206-632-7400.


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