What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Hamilton's Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.

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Private family services


Private family services


Resthaven Cemetery


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Shirley "Nadine" McQuistan

Nadine McQuistan, 87, passed away on March 20, 2017 at her home in Cedar Park, Texas. She was born in Des Moines, on September 4, 1929, the daughter of Leslie and Bernice Smith.

Nadine studied education at Drake University, where she also met the love of her life, Ronald. The two were united in marriage on July 15, 1949 and enjoyed 57 years together until his passing in 2006. Nadine loved to play golf, games of Bridge, watching sports on TV and most of all she cherished her family and grandkids. She was proud to have been nominated and elected as Secretary of the Treasure of the Hills Senior Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

Nadine is survived by her son, Greg (Jeanne) McQuistan of Davenport, FL; her son, Mark (Linda) McQuistan of Winter Garden, FL; her daughter, Jeanne (Jason) Newman of Cedar Park, TX; her grandchildren: Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Scott McQuistan, Dr. Ian McQuistan, Zac McQuistan, Alex Newman, Peter Newman, Emily Newman, her nine great grandchildren and two sisters, LaVon Tyler and Arleen Bumgardner. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Donald Smith.

Private family services will be held and Nadine will be laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital in her loving memory: https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?pID=24671

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.