Mrs. Ethel M. Grimball Hamlin peacefully slept with family by her bedside in Akron, Ohio. She was born and raised in McKeesport, PA and was the first-born child of the late Eugene George Grimball, Sr. and Marie Bell Mikell Grimball. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Carl William Hamlin, bothers Clyde William Grimball, James Melvin Grimball and sister Gladys Delores Grimball.
Ethel attended McKeesport area schools and was a graduate of McKeesport High School. She later became a licensed beautician after graduating from LaSalle Beauty School. She worked at Sadee’s Beauty Shop for many years. Piano lessons were taught to Ethel by Mrs. LaRue Frederick and Mrs. Addie Farrell of McKeesport, PA. She was also given vocal lessons from Mrs. Maudelene Johnson of Pittsburgh, PA.
As a child, Ethel became a member of St. Paul AME Church where she held many positions. She was a former Sunday School teacher and Sunday School secretary. Ethel served as the pianist for the Sunday School, Junior Choir and Senior Choir. For many years she served as the Chairperson and Captain of Women’s Day. Ethel also was the Vice President of the E. Jane Pride Missionary Society, Treasurer of Stewardess Board No. 2, and a member of the Board of Stewards.
Ethel leaves to cherish her memory her sons Carl Drew Hamlin of New York, NY, Daryl Neil (Irene) Hamlin of Pittsburgh, PA, Dawn K. (Rolin) Hamlin McCombs of Akron, OH, and Traci Denise Hamlin of Raleigh, NC, one granddaughter, Arlene Michelle Hamlin, brother, Eugene George (Melva) Grimball, sister, Ines Stephanie Grimball Jefferson and many other beloved relatives and friends.
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