As for her service to two different presidents from diverse political parties, she said she admired both men for their individual qualities.
"Their philosophies of governing were different," Hamilton observed. "But we have checks within government that provide balances. It certainly gave me appreciation of our government."
How did she decide to buy a 40 acre farm and retire in Lisbon? Hamilton said she had packed up her backpack and tent to explore for her the unknown territory of Vermont and New Hampshire for two weeks.
"I fell in love with the White Mountains and the area," she said, adding she's been happy here ever since she made the decision.
Even though she is now involved in raising sheep at her old Lisbon farm, having them clipped twice a year, and the rest of the process that brings their wool to finished products, Hamilton is very involved in her community locally and statewide.
Following retirement from the Navy, she served as a registered nurse for North Country Home Health and Hospice for three years, before deciding to settle in as a sheep farmer. Acceptance to her Sweeney Road neighborhood four months after she moved in came when a neighbor came over and said, "I guess you're staying, so you'll need these," as he presented two kittens.
Election day, she worked the polls as ballot clerk, she's served on the school board and she never misses a town meeting. Settling down in Lisbon, after moving around so often during the previous 20 years, meant putting down roots and getting involved.
"I'm glad to see how many people came out to vote this year," she said, explaining she is glad that in New Hampshire residents have such great opportunities to participate in local government.
She's a member of the N.H. Sheep and Wool Growers Association, the General Federation of Women's Clubs of N.H. and the Naval Nurse Corps Association. The first published "Living off the Lamb," a cookbook with 400 mostly lamb recipes she contributed to as a way to promote interest in raising sheep and eating the meat.
"Having seen the world, I'm glad to be back on a farm. I just love being here where it's peaceful and quiet," Hamilton said. 'I just love living in the North Country -- I wouldn't live anywhere else."