Victoria Jeanne (Day) Hamilton serenely passed away on March 14, 2018, following a general decline in health secondary to a scheduled surgery that left her body weakened, which she could never regain her strength. Vicki had tenuous health for several years following four craniotomy’s beginning in 1986. She was truly a living miracle. A neurosurgeon once told her that he knew people who had endured what she had and they were either paralyzed or dead. Vicki always felt blessed to have lived such a long life with the medical issues she had.
Vicki was born on August 13, 1952 to Bartley and Irene Day in Frankfurt, Germany. She was a “military brat” and in her growing up years her father’s military assignments as a Field Artillery Officer in the US Army took her to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Norfolk Naval Air Base, Virginia; Mannheim, Germany, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma (several times). Vicki graduated from Lawton High School in Lawton, OK, and then received a degree at Ricks College, in Rexburg, Idaho, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education at Brigham Young University. While attending BYU, she met and married Glade Hamilton in the Logan Utah Temple. Glade entered the ROTC program and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. Vicki was again consigned to a nomad life as she supported Glade in his chosen military career. Their military assignments took them to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX (three times); Fort Eustis, Virginia; Hartford, Connecticut; Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Landstuhl and Wiesbaden, Germany; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Seoul, Korea; and Washington, DC. Following 20 years in the military, Glade chose to work in Long Term Care in the nursing home profession. These assignments took them to Leadville and Grand Junction, Colorado, and finally to Cedar City, where they decided to stay permanently. One thing Vicki had in common with Glade is that she enjoyed traveling, which sustained her in the 16 times they were required to move their household.
Vicki was a homemaker all her life. She loved children and was blessed with a special gift to teach and strengthen them. She served in her church and had multiple callings including: Stake and Ward Primary President, Stake Relief Society Presidency, Ward Young Women Presidency, and various callings in the Primary. Her favorite calling was that of a Primary chorister. She loved the songs of the Primary.
Vicki was blessed with two children, a daughter Audra (Emmitt) Dangerfield (Cedar City), and a son Keith Hamilton (Sacramento, CA). Audra is a Registered Nurse and Keith is a Computer Programmer. She has three delightful grandchildren: Tayva (17), Elijah (7) and Jeremiah (5) Dangerfield.
Vicki is survived by her husband Glade. Her children Audra (Emmitt) Dangerfield and Keith Hamilton. Her brothers Wayne (Nancy) Day of Sandy, UT and Dean Day of Tustin, CA, and sister Janice (Brian) Wright of San Antonio, TX along with her wonderful grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents: Bartley and Irene Day. Her brother Carl Day and sister Valerie Day.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Mesa Hills Ward Building (1925 W 320 S, Cedar City, UT). A viewing was held on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mesa Hills Ward in Cedar City, and again at the Church on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to sumortuary.com.