Glenda Faye Hamilton, 72, died peacefully April 12, 2021 at Jean Waddle Care Center.
She was born April 7, 1949 in Silver City, New Mexico to Betty Faye (Shelley) and Glen Robert Hamilton.
Glenda was a proud 1967 graduate of Somerset High School and completed her BA in Special Education from the University of Kentucky in 1971. She began her career as a special education teacher in Fayette county schools where she taught for over 2 years before returning to Somerset to teach at her alma mater for 22 years. While teaching full time, she went on to complete her Masters degree in 1977. She began and coached the SHS Girls Softball program for 6 years. She also served as Director of Special education in Somerset Independent Schools for 6 years until her retirement in 2001. During her career, she received the Stella A. Edwards award for Special Education Teacher of the Year and Campbellsville Outstanding Teacher Award. Her greatest joy was her sense of changing the lives of children. Her skills at making meaningful gains in children’s abilities were remarkable and made lasting impressions on many.
Glenda was a member of the Somerset-Pulaski County “Morning” Rotary Club, serving as secretary for several years and sgt-at-arms most recently. She was a Paul Harris Fellow, was recognized as Rotarian of the Year, and maintained perfect attendance throughout her membership. She served as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors as well as an officer on the Board of Directors of Somerset Country Club for 19 years in positions including bookkeeper, treasurer, secretary, and president. She was an avid golfer and Ladies Golf chairperson for many years at Eagles Nest Country Club.
Glenda attended First Baptist Church of Somerset. She was a woman of quiet faith, preferring to profess it with actions rather than words. At Glenda’s core was a heart for service, a strong sense of loyalty, and impenetrable resilience. She was a gatherer of diverse people – golf, cards, racket ball, ballgames, eating, shopping, emails – any activity that brought friends together and created laughter.
Glenda is survived by her brother, William (Bill) L. Hamilton, niece, Tesa G. Hamilton, nephews, W. Samuel Hamilton, and R. Lucas Hamilton. Also surviving are her beloved great-niece, Mary Stewart Hamilton, and great-nephew, Robert Henry (Hank) Hamilton, along with numerous cousins and countless friends.
Preceding Glenda in death were her parents, her brother, Robert S. Hamilton, and sister-in-law, Julie (Godby) Hamilton.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Somerset, Kentucky on May 1, 2021 at 11:00 am. Friends may gather beginning at 10:00 prior to the service. Honorary pallbearers will be Warren Thompson, Mickey Ray, Tim Hamilton, Larry Hamilton, Eddie Hamilton, and Kenny Hamilton.
Glenda requested expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, Pulaski County Alzheimer’s Respite Center, or a charity of your choice.
Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.