What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Hamilton's Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines


Monday, March 18, 2013
11:00 am
Union Missionary Baptist Church
1200 McCormick Street
Des Moines


Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Verona Eloise "Weezie" Bruce

Verona Eloise (McElroy) Bruce was born on December 25, 1934, to Verona L. and George W. McElroy in Des Moines, Iowa.

She was educated in the Des Moines Public School System and graduated from East High School.

Eloise was employed at Mercy Medical Center for 56 years. Her first retirement was in 1993. She returned to work part time, and retired again in February 2013.

Eloise gave birth to one son, Mark Ardell Sykes, who was the light of her life.

Eloise lived her life to the fullest, as she saw fit, and was true to herself.

Eloise was a member of IBPOE Hawkeye Elks Lodge #160, Rose Temple #30 and a member of the Iowa Club of Des Moines. She grew up in Union Missionary Baptist Church, and was an active member of the Senior Usher Board until her health failed.

The Lord called Eloise to rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Verona L. and George W. McElroy; sister, Ardell LaVerne McElroy; brothers, George Wilson McElroy, and Charles (Chan) Fredrick McElroy.

She leaves to cherish her memories her loving son, Mark Ardell Sykes (Mary) of Des Moines, IA; sister, Quanajanice Garland, of Wheaton, IL; six granddaughters, Markesha (Claudio) Cardenas, Brittani Strong, and Andrea, Ayesha, Marsetta, and Selena Sykes; step-grandchildren, John Elliott and Nellie McCrea, and Christopher and Michele Carmona; and numerous other relatives and friends, including ex-husband, Raymond Bruce.

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