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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Celebration of Life will be held
at a later date


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


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

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Elsie J. Churchill

Des Moines

Elsie Jean Churchill, age 74, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Taylor House after exceeding all expectations in battling against terminal illness.

She courageously accepted what she could not change, living life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, baking, quilting and entertaining.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her loving husband Dean, Frank Fees (Marcia), Ricky Fees, Jim Fees (Brenda), Patty Heinemann, Carolyn Taylor, Kris Churchill (Tracey), Kelly Blair (Rand), 7 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren and many other beloved friends.

Celebration of Jeanne's life will be on a later date.

The family would like to express thanks for the wonderful help and care given by staff at Lutheran Hospital and Taylor House.

Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

Memorial contributions may be directed to Dean Churchill, in memory of Jeanne.