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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Friday, July 9, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines


Friday, July 9, 2010
5:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
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Private Family Burial



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Ada Lee Crowder Ada Lee Crowder, 81, passed away at Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center July 7, 2010 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Akron, Ohio February 21, 1929. She grew up in Lowes, KY. Ada married James Walden Crowder in 1947. They moved to Des Moines in 1955. She retired from Hy Vee in 1984 as a department manager.

Ada was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Dick and Opal Sullivan; a brother, D O; and three sisters, Patsy, June and Mona. She is survived by her five children, Sharon Kirkpatrick (Dave) of Pleasant Hill, Gary Crowder, Sr.(Linda) and Donna Crowder (Mike Spear) of Altoona, Robert Crowder (Michelle) of Des Moines and Dr. James Crowder (Barbara) of Englewood, CO; brother, Harold; two sisters, Sandra and Norma; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2010 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, with a private family burial.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Iowa Hospice.