Gail Hamilton Obituary, Death – Gail Hamilton (née Rogers), cherished wife of Albert Hamilton of Glenboro, Manitoba, died away on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at the Glenboro Health Centre. She was 68 years old.
Gail Rogers was the first child born to Don and Catherine Rogers, and she was born in Glenboro. She spent her formative years on a farm just north of town, in a bucolic setting surrounded by the Assiniboine River. She gained an appreciation for hard work and the natural beauty around her. She graduated at the top of her class from high school and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Manitoba. She got a teaching job in Rossburn after finishing college and bought her first car, a brand new baby blue 1976 Dodge Charger, with great pride.
It was around then that she first encountered Albert. Two years of courtship culminated in their wedding on July 29, 1978, and they have since made their home on a farm just south of Glenboro. She taught second grade there for a while before leaving to raise her three sons and contribute to the family farm’s expansion. When her sons were all old enough to drive, she went back to work as a Reading Recovery Teacher, helping struggling elementary school pupils one on one. She enjoyed being able to visit the local schools where her kids were employed because of this job. Since her retirement in 2009, she has focused primarily on her grandchildren.
She proudly assumed the persona of Grandma Gail, adopting the nickname “GG” to refer to herself in shorthand. She frequently made the long trip, or series of flights, to see them. She was constantly on the go during these visits. Assisting with chores, driving them to and from school, practices, and games, guiding kids through their homework, encouraging them to read more, and, of course, always whipping up her renowned GG meals. She was overjoyed to welcome her first grandchild, Liv, to the area. She enjoyed the chance to be GG’s childcare provider several times a week.
She indulged her lifelong interest in gardening by tending to her urban and rural plots when she wasn’t traveling or caring for her children. She quilts for all her grandchildren, having just rekindled her childhood passion for sewing. She and Albert had many memorable experiences and entertained several guests at “The Lookout,” a unique property she had purchased on the Rogers family farm. She and Albert kept up their active lifestyle, frequently going camping with friends, hiking, exploring, and even putting their boat out on the river. Despite leaving us too soon, she had a rich and fulfilling life, and her legacy will live on through the children and grandchildren she raised.