Loretta M. Hammond
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Loretta Mary (Rau) Hammond, 97, of Banfield, MI, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Laurels of Bedford after a recent illness. She has gone to join her husband, Bernard, in Heaven.
Loretta was born on September 15, 1916, to Gabriel and Addie (Holcomb) Rau in Battle Creek, MI. Loretta graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in the Class of 1935. She was married to the love of her life, Bernard Lyle Hammond, on October 25, 1937, and they began a life of dairy farming and raising their family of 5 sons - truly partners in everything they did. After raising her sons, she worked at Pennock Hospital and Leila Hospital, until her retirement with Bernard on their Banfield, MI farm. Prior to her marriage, Loretta worked for Dr. Winslow, Sr., Dr. Belt and Gordon Townson, CPA.
Loretta enjoyed various types of needlework including crochet and knitting and created beautiful handmade pieces for her family and friends throughout her life. She was very active in teaching 4-H for 14 years while she raised her sons, primarily teaching photography. Her family and friends also knew her as a fabulous cook, specializing in breads and baked goods. She was well known for her delicious apple pies and always brought them to family dinners! Loretta also loved to read and write poetry to family on special occasions and she never forgot a birthday. She was also a member of several local women's clubs. They loved traveling throughout the US in their motor home to visit new places and friends and family. Loretta and Bernard always enjoyed their farm from the view of their golf cart and their all-terrain vehicle.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Loretta will always be remembered for her love of family and friends and her community. She was a volunteer on numerous public election committees for many years, a member of the Farm Bureau, and the Burnham Brook Center where she and Bernard took organ lessons and their musical talents blossomed! Loretta and Bernard were honored as inductees into the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame at Prairieville, MI in 2003. In 2012, the NBC "Today" television show honored them by announcing their 75th anniversary on the air. The Governor of Michigan and other elected officials also presented them with a special recognition award and certificates for their 75th anniversary in 2013.
Loretta is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law: Reverend Gordon (Charlene) of Covington, VA, Robert (Judy) of Mission Viejo, CA, Gary (Sally) of Hastings, MI, Dr. Randall (Bernadette) of Yardley, PA, and Brian (Dondeena) of Banfield, MI, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss her dearly. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Lorena May (Rau) Friend, and her beloved husband Bernard, and many lifelong friends. We will all miss Loretta but rejoice in her joining Bernard in Heaven!
The family will receive friends, Sunday, July 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home in Delton, MI. The funeral service for Loretta will be conducted, Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Dowling with Pastor Ryan Wieland, officiating. Burial will take place in Banfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Country Chapel United Methodist Church would be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to leave a condolence message for Loretta's family.
Williams-Gores Funeral Home
133 East Orchard Street Delton, MI 49046
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on July 24, 2014