MOUNT GILEAD — Melinda Sue Hamilton, 59, of Mount Gilead, passed away unexpectedly at her home, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.

Melinda was born Sept. 13, 1960, in Bellefontaine, daughter of the late Robert and Nancy (Phalen) McFarland. She graduated from Utica High School in the Class of 1979.

On July 2, 1992, Melinda married Jack D. Hamilton in Little Mud, KY. They shared the last 27 years together as husband and wife.

Over the years Melinda worked as a packer at the Croton Egg Farm and as a stocker at Wal-Mart in Mount Vernon.

Melinda loved animals, especially her rabbits, ducks and cows. She enjoyed when family and friends came to visit and had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. She was known as “Red Streak” by many for how fast she drove around in her red T-Bird.

Melinda will be missed by four children, Richard “R.J.” O’Quinn of New Mexico, Nancy (Rory) Boudinot of Greer, SC, Robert (Anastasia) O’Quinn of Ashley, Justin (Angie) Hamilton of Kilbourne; 11 grandchildren, Aiden, Drake, April, Timothy, Avery, Josh, Isiah, Jacob, Kyndell, Riley and Chandler; two brothers, Dennis (Joan) McFarland of Frazeysburg, Joe (Donna) McFarland of Mount Vernon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family will hold private memorial services at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Melinda’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Melinda’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting


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