MAURICE F. HAMILTON passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 in the Pawhuska Nursing Home. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Hamilton was born September 24, 1923 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the son of Otto C. and Josephine Pryor Hamilton. On July 19, 1950, he married the former Betty Richardson in Springfield, Missouri. A veteran, Maurice served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and had been a member of various American Legion Posts over the years. Before moving to Pawhuska, the Hamiltons had lived in Tulsa for 49 years. For 32 of those years, Maurice worked as a CPA and Auditor. In his spare time, he was very active with the Ponca City Children’s Home. Maurice was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska.

Survivors include: His wife: Betty Hamilton; A brother: Otto Hamilton, Jr.; A sister: Christine NoEar; Nieces and nephews: Margie Williams, Berbon Hamilton and Otto Hamilton, III; And a host of other family and friends. Maurice was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William “Bill” and Eugene Hamilton; sister Marjorie Maker Beartrack; and an infant brother, Melvin Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton was in state at the Indian Camp Chapel, Pawhuska. Rosary was recited Sunday February 20, 7:00 PM, at the Chapel. Traditional Indian Service were held Monday, February 21, 8:00 AM, also at the Chapel. Mass followed at 10:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pawhuska. Father Chris Daigle officiated.  Interment was in the Pawhuska City Cemetery. Graveside military rites were provided by the American Legion and VFW.  

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.