PhoebeAnn B. Hamlin

PhoebeAnn B. Hamlin, age 96 of Highland, IL, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Highland, IL.

She was born on Friday, December 21, 1917, in LaGrange, IL, the daughter of Clem C. and Zoe (nee Benton) Ford.

On Friday, May 29, 1942, she married Thomas C. Hamlin who passed away on Monday, August 19, 1985.

She was a member of Highland Women’s Club; Charter member of Edwardsville AAUW; Highland Historical Society.

PhoebeAnn graduated from Lake Erie College with AB, and a Fifth Year Certificate in Physical Education. She chose this school because of its flying program. She piloted aircraft well into the 1950’s. She attended Red Cross Aquatic School in Oconomowac, WI, was a Physical Ed Assistant at Lyons TWP High School, Health Ed Secretary at the YMCA in Moline, IL, Head of Programs at Carondelet YMCA in St. Louis, Head of Women’s and Girls Classes at YMCA Edwardsville, Water Safety Instructor from 1940 to 1985, Manager of Swim Program at Lindendale Park, and Substitute Teacher at Collinsville and Highland. PhoebeAnn had visited all 50 states and 14 countries. She was a political activist, campaigning such causes as womens rights, conservation, death with dignity, education for the mentally and physically handicapped, human rights and others. She had been a scout leader, (board member, district chairman, trainer and camp committee) and was an avid bridge player. She always enjoyed hunting, fly-fishing, camping, canoeing & scouting activities. She had been a long-time member of the 99’ers, the orginal women’s pilot organization.She created the Hamlin Water Safety Fund with the Highland Area Community Foundation so that all persons of all ages may learn to swim and know water safety.

Survivors include:
Daughter – Judith Ann Hamlin, Ferndale, MI
Son – Thomas C. (Paulette) Hamlin, III, Du Quoin, IL
Daughter – Patricia Ann Hamlin, Hollywood, FL
Daughter – Wendy Ann Hamlin Vaughan, Highland, IL
Daughter – Elizabeth Ann (Glenn) Hamlin Scholebo, Sadorus, IL
Grandchild – Tomi M. Hamlin, Du Quoin, IL
Grandchild – Thomas C. Hamlin IV, Du Quoin, IL
Grandchild – Bobbiann M. Hamlin, Du Quoin, IL
Grandchild – Karanda L. (Conall) Marshall, Peoria, IL
Grandchild – Jeremy J. (Rene) Bryan, Bethalto, IL
Grandchild – Theresa M. (Chris) Crapser, Middleburgh, NY
Sister – Irene “Renee” Carrol Vaughan, Urbana, IL

She was preceded in death by:
Father – Clem C. Ford
Mother – Zoe Ford nee Benton
Husband – Thomas C. Hamlin, Jr., died 8/19/1985
Daughter – Carol Ann Hamlin died 11/27/2009
Sister – Esther Benton Sessel (died – 2014)

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois.

Celebration of Life will be from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Michael’s Restaurant in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamlin Water Safety Fund @ Highland Area Community Foundation.

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