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Peggy Hammer

1928 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
PEGGY HAMMER JACK HAMMER Joint memorial services for Peggy Lee Fellows Hammer, 86, of Oroville, who died Jan. 25, 2015, and her late husband, Jack Walter Hammer (July 28, 1927 - Dec. 5, 2012) will be held Saturday, March 21, from I to 3 p.m. at the Richmond Yacht Club, 351 Brickyard Cove, Richmond, CA. Peggy was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Spokane, WA, daughter of Margaret Bennett and Carroll Frank Fellows. Her father was a policeman and, in a twist of fate, arrested a county judge during a raid on a speakeasy and, consequently, was fired from his job. He and Peggy's mother went to San Francisco to seek employment, leaving Peggy with her grandpa-rents. When the time came for Peggy to re-unite with her parents, her "Mama and Papa" could not bear to part with the three-year-old, so Peggy grew up in Spokane in the home of her grandparents, enjoy-ing a good life, ice skating and school, especially attending journalism classes in high school. In 1966, Peggy married Jack Hammer, whom she met through a mutual friend, and the couple established a home in Oroville. Peggy had joined the Oroville Mercury-Register earlier, in 1962, as a proofreader. She was quickly pro-moted to City Editor and held that position until retirement more than 20 years later. Knowing little of her heritage, upon her mother's death Peggy was proud to learn she was a recognized member of the Stonebridge Branch of the Mohican Indian Tribe. Early in their marriage the couple became interested in sailing and were instrumental in establishing Lake Oroville Sailing Club, with Jack serving as its charter commodore, and were winners of many regattas and championship events. Prior to retirement, Peggy and Jack moved their big boat to the Bay Area and joined the Richmond Yacht Club, again often in the winners' circle at races. In their leisure years, they toured extensively in Europe, Mexico and many national parks in the United States. Peggy's son, Kenneth Turner, preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Susan LaVecchia (fiance Charley Matthies) of Green Valley, AZ, and Robin Saint-Michel of Hawaii; a sister, Ronelle Moehrkre of Hogansville, GA; a cousin, Rita Kramer of Hawaii; grandchildren, Patrick Turner (Kim) of Davis, Danny Armijo (Caity) of South Lake Ta-hoe, Peter Saint-Michael of Philadelphia, PA, Jesse Ericksen, Felicia Myers and Monique Tavares, all of Santa Rosa; and three great-granddaughters, Grace Turner, Emma Turner and Charlotte Rose Encksen. Peggy and Jack Hammer's cremains will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the shores of Hawaii. Arrangements are under the direction of The Neptune Society.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 17, 2015
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