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Betty Jean died at her home in Delaware on July 16, 2018, in the arms of her son Phillip.
She was born on September 8, 1933, and was raised in Georgetown by her mother, Mary Ellen Burroughs (Nellie). When Betty Jean was 13 Nellie married MSgt. William R. Wells (Roger) of the U.S. Air Force. She traveled with her family to Brazil, but greatly missed the United States. It was agreed that she would come to Charles County to live with her uncle, Buddy Trunnell for her high school senior year. She attended Gwyn Park High School where she was a member of the Art Club and involved in dance. Her classmates called her Jeannie. They said that she never sat still and could usually be found laughing. She was also described as friendly and always smiling.
That joyful attitude never changed and is probably one of the qualities that motivated Donald Hamilton to propose to her. After Betty Jean and Donald were married, she became a homemaker, dedicating herself to her husband and children. She never lost the industrious spirit that she had in school, keeping busy caring for her husband, her children, and many other children of family and friends throughout her life. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and many other outdoor activities throughout her life.
She is predeceased by husband Donald Hamilton, Sr., daughter Donna Jean Dean, her parents, Frederick Burroughs and Mary Trunnell Burroughs Wells; sister Edith Collins (Mickie), and brother Frederick Burroughs, Jr (Freddie).
She is survived by sister Susan Wells and brother Larry Wells; sister-in-law Cecelia Burroughs, daughter Jo Ann Harris, son Donald Hamilton, Jr. and his wife Colleen; son Phillip Hamilton and his life-long companion Angela Phillips; grandchildren Kimberly Robinson and husband Charles (Charlie); Russell Osborne, Jr. (Rocky), Samantha Hamilton, Erica Franko, Carrie Hamilton, Brandon Hamilton, and Jessie Hamilton; great-grandchildren James (Mikey), Jessica, Melissa, Delondre, Molly, Blake, Elijah, Jimmy, Donald, Olivia, Kylee, Allison, and Alexis; and many other family and friends.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Viewing will be held from 10 AM until time of service at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Williams Funeral Home. Interment Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf. MD. Repast will be held at the Loyal Order of the Moose in White Plains.