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Gainesville - Mrs. Margaret Weeks Hammond, 100, of Gainesville passed away peacefully Wednesday morning September 11, 2013 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, Florida.

She was born in Maysville, Jones County, North Carolina, the eldest daughter of George Ethelbert and Lovie Sigmon Weeks. At sixteen she entered the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She later took a master's degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In the years preceding her arrival in Gainesville, she taught at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina and spent many summers as a counselor and head of the waterfront at a Girl Scout camp in southern Virginia. In 1946 she was recruited by Dean D.K. Stanley to become the first head of women's physical education at the University of Florida. During her tenure at UF she met her future husband Eugene Ashby Hammond, a fellow North Carolinian and a professor of history. When they wed in 1951, a depression-era rule was still in place at UF limiting faculty positions to one per household, so Mrs. Hammond joined the faculty at Gainesville High School. Many Gainesville girls will remember her with dark hair pulled back, wearing crisp white shorts, shirt and tennis shoes and her whistle around her neck. She was known for her dignity and the belief in the importance of education and physical activity. She taught physical education at GHS until the late 1960's when she became a guidance counselor. Mrs. Hammond retired in 1977.

She led an active life outside her work that included membership in several bridge clubs, the Gainesville Woman's Club, the American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma. She and Dr. Hammond were active members of the First Methodist Church of Gainesville Sunday School and they both enjoyed travel.

Mrs. Hammond was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister Christine Weeks Underwood (Greensboro, NC). She is survived by her sisters Eleanor Weeks Gaver of Charleston, SC and Sarah Weeks Pelletier (G. Starling) of Durham, NC; her daughter Margaret (Peggy) Hammond Carr, son-in-law David Carr, and grandson Adam Hammond Carr of Gainesville.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff of Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton who have become part of the family. Their tender care and cheerful demeanor brought much joy into Margaret's last five years.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ( or First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, 419 NE 1st St Gainesville, FL 32601.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 352-376-5361.

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Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2013
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