13-09-13 Sheena Hamilton

Sadly passed away on the 13th August 2013.

Sheena Hamilton ( Ne Buchanan )

Sheena spent her childhood in Carradale her parents John and Bessie Buchanan lived at 1 Woodside, she was the eldest of four with a sister Harriet and two brothers Ian and Kenneth.
She attended Carradale Primary School and then Campbeltown Grammer leaving at the age of 15 to go to pre nursing College in Glasgow and onto the Western Infirmary as a qualified nurse.
Sheena had a lovely childhood living with her parents at Woodside her dad John was a quiet man keen on his garden and worked with the forestry commission her mum Bessie encouraged the family with their education and gave them great support she was the organist at the church for many years.

Sheena married John Hamilton in 1963 and for the next ten years lived in his home town of Coatbridge setting up a lovely family home. As well as looking after her own children John, Aileen, Rhoda and Alan she provided a base for her sister Harriet and brother Ian when they were on leave from hospital and ship.
The house at Coatbridge was very busy over those years and a plumber on a visit made the remark “ Haw missus ye huv an awful lot of beds in this hoose “ this was Sheena at her best “ The Mother Hen “ having an interest in all the family.

With John’s success in business the family moved to Broughty Ferry Dundee and ten years later moved to Woking where she happily remained for almost thirty years.

Over the years her children married and as the family expanded by eight grandchildren I cannot emphasise enough the great importance “ The Family “ meant to Sheena with the strength and togetherness she instilled.

As a close friend I would have to say Sheena was one of the nicest people to have in your life and I am sure anyone meeting her would remark that they would like to be as nice as she was she had such a lovely nature and something very special. She made friends everywhere she lived forming lifelong friendships from away back to her nursing college and Glasgow Western Infirmary days as well as Coatbridge and Broughty Ferry.

As her family grew up and left home she was able to give more time to her first love nursing and became a District Nurse for Guildford and Shere and another circle of friends.

Sheena was a keen walker she and her husband John enjoyed many long distant paths over the North and South Downs and also did walks in Austria, Germany and Spain.
I always remember on our first visit to Sheena and John at Woking, Sheena asked if we would like to go a “ Wee “ walk some eight miles later over The Downs we reached this lovely we pub where they were spit roasting a pig, we went into the rear garden that had a small burn running by with ducks in a pond it was lovely but after a nice lunch the thought of the return eight miles was furthest from our minds however we made it.

People and friendships meant so much to Sheena she gave so much nothing was ever a bother, it was nice to hear that in her last weeks of her life her family were so close to her and her friends of many years showed so much loyalty this was a great comfort to her for which she was truly grateful.

What a lovely person we will miss her as she had something very special and had so much time for others, there is no doubt that her family will miss her more especially her husband John.

Sent to the Goat by Duncan Nicholson.

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