NEWPORT – Kristi L. Hamilton, 61, died peacefully April 29, 2009, at a Waterville hospital, after a long illness. She was born Dec. 6, 1947, in Dexter, the daughter of Wilber “Peg” and Beverly (Soper) Hamilton. Kristi was educated in Newport schools, graduating from Newport High School, Class of 1965. She also graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree. She continued her education and graduated with a master’s degree, also from the University of Maine, Orono. A teacher all her adult life, Kristi taught at Nokomis Regional High School. During her 34-year teaching career she taught ancient and modern history. She was the history department chair for more than 20 years. Very active with students, Kristi was the senior class advisor for 19 years, as well as National Honor Society advisor for 10 years. Kristi was also active with Nokomis Sports Boosters, working at many basketball games. She was active in SAD 48 Teacher’s Association; Kristi was president and chief negotiator for many years. Since her retirement in 2002, Kristi enjoyed working at Rowe’s House of Apples, Newport. She also spent hours working on her flowerbeds and making sure her home was as beautiful on the outside as it was inside. She especially enjoyed sitting on her porch on sunny days. Kristi is survived by two nieces and their husbands, Jennifer (Quint) and Donnie Dow of Pittsfield, and Karan (Quint) and Don Jackson of Shalimar, Fla.; two great-nephews, Matthew and Parker Jackson; and three great-nieces, Lilly, Sophie and Danielle Dow. Kristie is also survived by her extended families at Cancer Center of Maine and the dialysis unit at MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Campus. She is also fondly remembered by a vast number of friends and co-workers she made while teaching and living in Newport. In addition to her parents, Kristi was predeceased by her sister, Jill (Hamilton) Quint; and her very special aunt and uncle, Joseph and Marie (Soper) Curneil. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport, where funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, May 4, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. Burial will be immediately after at Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in Kristi’s name to MSAD 48/RSU No. 19 Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, care of Debbie Richardson president, 266 Williams Road, Newport, ME 04953. To sign an online guest book and leave written tributes, please visit www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com.