She was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Staunton, as the daughter of Leverett and Floy Stout Hamilton.
She attended Jasonville Grade School and graduated from Honey Creek High School in 1947.
She married Carl Zukunft of Terre Haute on June 12, 1948.
She worked at Indiana Bell Telephone Company in Terre Haute and later for General Telephone Company in Rushville, Ind.
For several years, she attended North Union United Methodist Church in Brazil, teaching Sunday School, and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society. She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ in Terre Haute as well as the Senior Seekers group.
She was a Girl Scout leader for eight years in early adulthood and a member of the Girl Scout Treaty Line Council.
Most of her life, she was a wife, homemaker and loving mother. She enjoyed RV travel and Dixie Bee RV Club activities. She loved sewing, crafts, oil painting, and reading.
Most of all, she loved spending time with family and she considered her greatest accomplishment renewing the Hamilton Family Roundups.
She was an inspiration to all that came in contact with her and opened her home to all her children's friends over the years, giving them guidance and encouragement. Her smile will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Brett Lundy, brother Gene Hamilton, sister Ruth Hamilton Laing, brothers-in-law John Laing, Brawn Puckett, Charles Callahan, and Albert Zukunft, and sister-in-law Mary Hamilton.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Carl, children Dana Zukunft (Annette), New Port Richey, Fla., Carla Zukunft Lundy (Jim), Terre Haute, and Carol Staley (Steve), Clay City, grandchildren Micki Zukunft, Amber Wilson (Terry), Andy Zukunft, Kevin Lundy, Chad Staley (Carrie), Shannon Kelley (David), and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Dorothea Puckett and Helen Callahan, sisters-in-law Avinell Hamilton and Margel Zukunft, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Moore Funeral Home in Brazil. Funeral services will be noon, Wednesday, at the funeral home, with Pastor Abe Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery in Brazil.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice.
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