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Anita Louise Hamilton, 84, of Turlock passed away Monday, March 9, at Memorial Medical Center, Modesto.

Ms. Hamilton was born in Merced and was a resident of the area most of her life.

She was a rancher who raised calves for market. She was also a school bus driver, Dial-a-Ride driver, day care provider, pre-school teacher and co-owner of the Country Cafe in Newman.

She enjoyed reading, embroidery and being around children.

Ms. Hamilton was known for making blankets. She made blankets for her friends and family, for the homeless, for the women’s shelter and for disaster victims.

Ms. Hamilton had a deep love of California. She was very knowledgeable in California history, native plants and birds. She freely shared the knowledge with van loads of children while “going for a ride in the country.”

Ms. Hamilton is survived by a son, Daniel Hamilton of Alabama; a daughter, Elizabeth Graff of Camino; two brothers, Raymond Santos and Andrew Santos; three sisters, Lillian Costa-Santos, Retha Santos and Mary Lennon; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Hamilton; a daughter, Elaine Crawford; three brothers, Fred Santos, Tony Santos and John Santos; and a sister, Elfreda Bettencourt.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Stevinson Pentecost Hall in Stevinson.

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