Deloris Evangeline Hammett|
January 7, 1923 - May 4, 2014
Deloris Evangeline Hammett went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the age of 91. She was born January 7, 1923 in Lebanon, Oregon to Arthur Leslie Waters and Minnie Ray Waters.
Deloris attended Lebanon High School where she met the love of her life, Delbert Clyde Hammett. They were married November 20, 1941 in Lebanon, OR. Delbert and Deloris moved to Salem in 1950 with their children Gary, Dixie and Linda.
Deloris had a long career working as a Nurses Aide at Salem General and Salem Memorial Hospitals, Willamette Lutheran Homes, several nursing homes, doctors offices and some private care.
She was devoted to her church, her family and her beautiful home and yard. She loved planting things and always had a spectacular rose garden to share with others. As a charter member of Peoples Church she spent many years teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and serving wherever she could. Her unwavering faith was an example to everyone she met.
Music was a special passion for mom. Her father, Leslie Waters, was a musician who taught her from childhood to sing and play the piano. She played and sang until just days before her death. She especially love the old hymns which she could play and sing all of the verses from memory. She also loved the patriotic songs and always ended one of her spontaneous concerts with a rousing patriotic song.
Deloris is survived by her devoted husband of 72 years, Delbert Clyde Hammett, son Gary Hammett (Emily) of Christmas Valley, OR; daughters Dixie Mitchell (Bob) and Linda Poverud of Salem, OR; seven grandchildren Del Pofahl (Sharon), Tammie Hammett (Kirk), Todd Mitchell (April), Les Mitchell, Brian Mitchell (Ester), Michael Poverud (Jill), Scott Poverud (Jen); nine great grandchildren Jacob Pofahl, Sean Pofahl, Hunter Kent, Zachary Mitchell, Caleb Mitchell, Leif Poverud, Piper Evangeline Poverud, Ryder Poverud and Regan Elise Poverud. Deloris was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and five sisters and baby son Michael.
Heartfelt thanks to Willamette Valley Hospice for the loving care she received during her long battle with Parkinson's disease.
We will miss you dearly, but we know that you are safe in the arms of Jesus until we can be together again.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 am at Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE. Family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church building fund. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 8, 2014