Lou May (Clancy) O’Reilly Hamilton

Lou May (Clancy) O’Reilly Hamilton

Lou May (Clancy) O’Reilly Hamilton, age 97, of Dubuque, and formerly of Texas, was called home peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at ManorCare Health Services. To celebrate Lou May’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Lou May’s life, funeral services will be held immediately after the visitation at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Lou May was born on March 2, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Lucille (Pfohl) Clancy.

Lou May came from a pioneer family. She graduated from the University of Dubuque and went on to serve her country with the U.S. Coast Guard. Lou May proudly served as a Bowsen Mate 1st Class with the SPARS during WWII. Lou May was united in marriage to John “Jack” O’Reilly, and they had 2 sons together. She was later united in marriage to Clarence Hamilton on August 7, 1970, in Freeport, Illinois, and they were blessed with 42 years together before he was sadly called home before her on October 10, 2012. Lou May was never afraid of hard work and was employed as a probation officer for Dubuque County for 25 years until her well earned retirement. She was always a very active woman and served as past president of the Dubuque Girls Club and was commander of the Dubuque Coast Guard Auxiliary. In her free time Lou May enjoyed playing cards and at age 90 started playing poker and was named the Texas Hold Em’ Champion. She also loved to travel and was very excited when she was finally able to make the safari to Africa at age 85. We are grateful for the 97 years Lou May graced this Earth and know that she is now resting peacefully.

Those left to cherish Lou May’s memory include

her sons,
Sean (Frances) O’Reilly, Rockwall, TX
and Brian (Heidi Tigges O’Reilly) O’Reilly, Dubuque, IA;

her step-children,
David Hamilton, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Judy) Hamilton, Dallas, GA,
Nancy Hamilton, Whitelaw, WI
and Jennifer Hamilton, Olney, IL;

her 8 grandchildren including,
Erin, Brian, Austin, Logan and Zach;

and her great-grandchildren.

Lou May was preceded in death by her parents; and her 2 husbands.

Lou May was very grateful for all of the help that she received from Brian and Heidi for the last 5 years.


View local florists here.


Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
February 12th, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Funeral service

Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
February 12th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

4 condolences for Lou May (Clancy) O’Reilly Hamilton
  1. Mary McGuire says:

    I don’t know if I knew a nicer woman than Lou May! She was such a smart Lady
    and was so full of spunk and candor! She will be sadly missed by our family!
    We will miss our text conversations trying to keep her up to date with all of our antidotes and family endeavors. Hugs and Prayers! The McGuire Family

  2. John Kriebs says:

    It takes a village; LouMay was part of that in helping my mother with raising her brood, I will be forever grateful for the kindhearted and open-door she always showed my brothers, sisters, and myself. The friendship she showed to my mother, the loyalty and love were incredible. I can remember them laughing together numerous times and I didn’t have a clue what the heck was so funny but she seemed always to make my mom happy. Love and miss you Lou!

  3. Leora Thornhill Bemboom says:

    Lou was in PWP with me for many years and I really liked her. She was a fun lady.
    You have my deepest sympathy in her passing.

  4. Judith A Simon says:

    What a amazing women Mary Loud was and such a outstanding women of service, sorry for her loss to her family and friends.
    I will be out of town and not be able to attend the service but extend my thoughts and prayers your way God Bless she was well cared for. What a lady to be admired.
    Judy Simon

Leave a Condolence:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *