By John A. Ballentine
Vicki L. Hamilton, who was 66-years-old when she passed away last March, left a gift for her life’s passion of 4-H and the Stark County Junior Fair. Her family’s gift of memorial money to these two organizations was transformed recently into assisting in the purchase of a new dual side-by-side refrigerator for use at the concession stand in Wyoming at the fairgrounds.
The new refrigerator has replaced two older secondhand refrigerators that were donated to the 4-H and Fair, which were beginning to wear out. There was a need and Vicki, through her gift, provided the answer as she so often did while actively involved with 4-H.
Vicki’s passion for the 4-H program was enormous. Through her year-round efforts and hard work, she contributed to the program’s success year after year.
Vicki has been described by people who knew and worked with her as a dynamo, helping others, a hard worker, and forth most, a people person. She sacrificed her time and energies for the benefit of other people, especially the children involved with 4-H.
Tameran Kitterman Polowy, in her eulogy at Vicki’s funeral said, “…she inspired me numerous times through opportunities like the Stark County Youth Coalition or through 4-H Federation, that you must be the change you wish to see in the world. She believed in us as change makers like no one else could and she didn’t always do things for us, oh no, she supported us doing them. She really knew how to delegate incredible tasks to teenagers. I can’t thank her enough for the leadership skills she inspired in me, the examples of service to others she provided, and for the many memories together. Some of the memories that I will cherish most were … the 4-H pizza parties complete with the most indulgent ice cream sundaes, and the Stark Co. fair food stand…”
Her professional career at Mediacom was no different. Vicki’s job involved people who were clients and the relationships she had with them were of the highest levels.
Now, whenever someone orders a meal or a drink at a 4-H function or fairground’s event, Vicki’s gift will be a part of those transactions. One could say that Vicki continues to be a part and involved with the 4-H program today.
By John A. Ballentine