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November 10, 1928 - June 13, 2012
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Elaine Hammond (McCrimmon) with her nieces by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1998, sister Alexina in 1926, brothers Lorne in 1976, Ray in 1978, father Archie in 1981, mother Georgina in 1985 and special friend Hubert Singer in 2009.
Elaine took her schooling at Beehive and Ruthilda schools, a 5 mile horse ride from her family farm. She married Charles Edward Hammond of Springwater in 1948. Charlie and Elaine operated the Rural Telephone Co. at Kelfield until 1951, when they purchased a farm near Kelfield, where they remained until they retired to Biggar in 1979.
Elaine and Charlie did pattern dancing for over 50 years. They loved to travel and spent 32 winters in Mesa, Arizona. They also enjoyed trips to Europe, England, Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, and all parts of Canada. They loved to spend time with their friends in the Hub City Wanderers Trailer Club of which they were members for over 20 years.
Elaine loved life and was community minded. She was a member of O.E.S. in Biggar - Acacia, Chapter #3 . She held many offices during this time including Worthy Matron five times and Grand Marshall for the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan twice. Elaine served on the Saskatchewan Housing Board, Biggar Branch, for 10 years and the Biggar Museum Board for 16 years. She was a life time member of Biggar New Horizons and enjoyed many activities there.
Over the years Elaine loved to garden, sew and did a lot of hand work. She decorated wedding cakes for many of the neighbors as well as her 3 nieces. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary.
Elaine will be lovingly remembered by her three nieces (Ray and Sharon's daughters): Jill (Russ) Clarke of Regina, (Mitchell, Kyle, Lauren), Allyson (Dean) McDonald of Regina, (Sydney and Liam), Heather (Michael) Morhart of Edmonton, ( Claire Elaine, Seth, Kane), Sister-In-Law Sharon (Garth) Sanders of Regina, Cousins Hazel Gazall (British Columbia), Ian Metcalfe (Ontario), Charlie's nephew John (Judy) Hammond of Biggar and many extended family.
In loving memory of Elaine, funeral service will be held in Biggar, Sask. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 2 p.m., at Biggar United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Horizons in Biggar, Saskatchewan. Box 631, Biggar, SK. SOKOMO.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Aug. 18, 2012