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Mary Ellen Hamilton
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Mary Ellen (Condon) Hamilton, 74 (a Sagittarius, a sheep, a fire sign) passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018, of breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

Born in Michigan to Mary and Ed Condon, she was the eldest of seven children. She was raised in the Bronx, New York, and was a longtime resident of San Diego, California and the SF Bay Area. Mary Ellen was a graduate of Mt. St. Ursula High School and attended Good Counsel College. She co-published the Women’s Times of San Diego with her former long-time partner Jody Sims, and was a Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of San Diego until her retirement in 2007. Mary Ellen volunteered with Zen Hospice Project and was an avid supporter of women’s rights, was active in liberal politics, an enthusiastic student of Buddhism, and devoted to her many friends and large family. She made deep connections wherever she went and shared her enthusiastic love of life, and a great party, with everyone. Her generous, loving, curious spirit will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her children with former husband Charles Hamilton: Ellen (Nick) Ronan of Bend, Oregon; Luke (Michael Tome) Hamilton of L.A., California; her stepson Stuart Morse; her grandchildren Liberty Ronan of Anchorage, AK; Ian Schubert of Atlanta, GA; Sophia Ronan and Patrick Ronan of Bend, Oregon; her siblings Dan (Toni Fornasier) Condon; Jimmy (Margot) Condon; Jerry (Debi Caponio) Condon; and Cathy (John) McMahon; thirteen nieces and nephews and nine grand nieces and nephews and one great grandson. She was preceded in death by her brothers Eddie Condon, Michael Condon and their parents Ed and Mary Condon.

Friends and family will celebrate her life on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Easton Hall at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to any of the following groups that were special to Mary Ellen: Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch St., Redwood City, CA; Zen Hospice Project, 273 Page St., San Francisco, CA; or Planned Parenthood.


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