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Dorothy Hamilton

Dorothy Hamilton

March 3, 1923-Jan. 20, 2014

Dorothy Hamilton was with family when she passed away on Monday, January 20, at Bethany on 42nd in Fargo. She graced the lives of many people during her 90 years.

Dorothy Ann King was born to Talmadge Harvey King and Ellie Diola (Davidson) King on a farm in Elbridge, Tenn., on March 3, 1923. She was the youngest of three, with older brothers Harvey and Charles.

Dorothy was an honor student and a leader of the basketball team at Obion (Tenn.) High School, and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. During World War II, she worked in Memphis, where she met Army Air Corps officer Roger Hamilton.

They were married on June 6, 1943, and in 1946 they moved to his hometown of Detroit Lakes, where he was co-publisher of The Becker County Record and she helped him proof the galleys. Over the years, four sons were raised in a home their boys' friends loved to visit.

The family moved to Moorhead in 1962, when Roger was hired as an administrator at Moorhead State College. They were active on the campus and in the community and they kept active after retirement, traveling to Alaska and England and places in between, wintering on the Gulf Coast of Florida and, of course, seeing their sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy loved her family and friends. She had Southern charm and Irish wit, she was generous and thoughtful and kind and very smart - and she liked to cook and throw a party. Her warm hospitality was a reflection of her compassion for others.

Dorothy helped to create and grow the Roger Hamilton Scholarship for the Department of Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; brothers; and husband Roger, who passed away in 2001. She is survived by her sons, Roger King (Jennifer) Hamilton of Onalaska, Wis., Douglas (Sandra) Hamilton of Fargo, Dennis (Cheri) Hamilton of Roseville and Patrick (J) Hamilton of St. Paul; grandchildren, April (Brian) Selvidge of Chandler, Ariz., Amie (Shay) Hamilton-Good of Midland, Texas, Amber (Andrew) Haley of Denver, Colo., Benjamin Hamilton of Fargo and Ashley Hamilton of Spokane, Wash.; as well as six great grandchildren, Sage and Bradi Good, Brock Selvidge, Jaden, Ryder and Landon Haley.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Homes and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their kind attention to Dorothy's care.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead.

An online guestbook and video tribute are at