BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Cesna Hamilton Hinton, 88, of Bowling Green, passed away April 13, 2013.
She was born November 19, 1924 in Daviess County to James William and Lula Mae Hamilton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Wade Hinton, who passed away in 1989, and a sister, Lillian Hamilton Gentry, of Central City.
Mrs. Hinton spent her childhood growing up on a farm in Ohio County where her parents taught school together and operated a local grocery store in Mt. Moriah. Her mother and father had both attended Western KY Teacher's College and moved the family to Bowling Green so their three daughters could attend Western. The war years intervened, and upon graduation from Bowling Green High School, Cesna worked in a General Electric factory making war-related equipment.
In 1945, her future husband, Lester, a College High graduate and Navy Gun Captain, returned to Bowling Green after service in the North Atlantic and Pacific conflicts. After a short courtship, they married. After Lester attended Bowling Green Business College, they moved to Bethesda, Maryland where Lester attended dry cleaning school. They returned to Bowling Green to work in the family business, Hinton Cleaners, Inc., that has been in operation since 1927. Mrs. Hinton opened a dry cleaning receiving station at 926 E. 10th Street, then known as Hinton Band Box Cleaners. Today, this site is the location of the dry cleaners where she worked from 1945 to 2007 watching generations of Bowling Green children grow up.
In the early 1960s, Cesna suffered two battles with breast cancer, surviving the disease and multiple surgeries, ultimately counseling with others. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Rev. James Britt, with whom she traveled to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, will officiate her funeral.
Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home, with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Survivors include her sister Vivian Hamilton Gage of Naples, Florida; two sons, Larry F. Hinton and his wife, Vivian, and Thomas W. Hinton; two grandchildren, Lindsay H. Hinton and Lauren Hinton Doyel and her husband, Michael; and many much loved nieces and nephews.
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