Sue Hamilton

Erma Jane “Sue” Hamilton, age 79 of Fountain Hills, passed away peacefully into eternal rest at home surrounded by family on Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2019 after a long illness.

She was born on Jan. 22, 1939 in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Harry E. Moss and Erma E. (McClain) Moss. Susie was the youngest of eight children and her very best friends were found in her sisters and brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Ada Ruth Church, Alda “Curly” Gordon, Almira Rood and three brothers, Samuel, Charles and Robert Moss. Her sister, Vera (Robert) Goode survives along with her sisters-in-law, Vera and Frances Moss and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Sue had a lifelong love of entrepreneurship and worked as a self-employed hair stylist for over 40 years, retiring in 2005. She opened the first beauty salon in Cortland, Ohio, in 1960, Sue’s Style Salon. She took great pride in her shop and her clientele quickly became friends.

She and her husband, Robert Hamilton, were married on Nov. 21, 1961. Their two daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” Lynn (Gary) Smith and Diane Sue (Richard) Evans, who survive, brought tremendous happiness to Sue and all of her efforts and activities were centered around family life. However, there’s no denying that her grandchildren were her greatest pride and joy. Kyle (Stephanie) Tennant, Jeremy (Tiffany) Smith, Audrey (Luke) Gale, Logan (Eternity) Cain, Evan Cain, Connor Cain and Daniel Evans all survive. Sue was a great-grandmother to Jack Tennant, Jake and Mackenzie Smith.

Her husband, Bob, who survives, selflessly cared for her significant health challenges over the past 10 years, considering it a privilege. Sue and Bob moved to Fountain Hills in 2014 to join Cindy’s family and enjoy the yearlong sunshine, hoping her health would improve.

Sue was active in the life of the church, coordinating events and volunteering with the Rebecca Williams Community Center in Warren and with the Girl Scouts. Gardening, bowling and home decorating were hobbies she also enjoyed. She loved her lifelong monthly “Girl’s Club” gatherings which spanned 50 years.

Funeral services were held at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, Ohio, on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at noon. Calling hours were two hours prior to the service. She was laid to rest at Hawley Cemetery in Paris Twp., Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be given to Regeneration/Grace United Methodist Church at 1725 Drexel Ave NW, Warren, OH 44485.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 4444; 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view Sue’s obituary online or send condolences to the family. Please visit us at