Edna Hammond

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Edna Hammond passed away on Nov. 30, 2012, in Klamath Falls.
She was born Aug. 28, 1915, in Broadmead, Ore.
She graduated at 16 from high school in Willamina, Ore., and went on to graduate from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Ore.
She married Clyde Wellington Hammond, her husband of 72 years, on June 19, 1938. When World War II broke out her husband joined the Navy and she accompanied him to bases in Houston and Corpus Christi in Texas.
The family moved in 1948 to Merrill, Ore., where she was very active in the Merrill Presbyterian Church. She also became involved with Potato Festival activities, specifically the queen's court.
In 1954, the family moved to Klamath Falls, where they raised their two daughters Marilyn and Mona Lee. Edna was very involved in Girl Scouts and served in various offices of the Parent Teacher Association.
She loved garden clubbing as long as the emphasis was on the gardening and not the clubbing. She was very active in children's Christian education at the First Christian Church. She and Clyde touched the lives of many teens while serving as Christian Endeavor Youth Group counselors for many years.
When her husband became wheelchair bound, she became his loving caregiver until his death at 94.
Gardening was more than a hobby; it was her passion. Her beautiful flower garden was a great source of pride. She also loved to solve crossword puzzles and was working on one the day of her stroke.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.
Edna is survived by her daughters Marilyn and husband Mike Preston of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Mona Lee Brooks and husband Joe of Medford, Ore.; adopted daughter Glenna and husband Gary Pitts of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren Jeb, Alex and Dan Brooks, Tiffany Preston, Heather and Rob Reifel, Scott and Janell Preston, Kacey Miller and Carrie Friend; five great-grandchildren Brooke and Tom Williams, Kayla Reifel, Blake Preston and Jacob and Gabe Preston.
Celebration of her life will be held Dec. 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Shasta Way Christian Church, 5835 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls.
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 5, 2012
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