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Verna Theresa (Ledat) Hammer, age 91, resident of Fair Oaks, Calif., and previous 35 year resident of Oroville, Calif. passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2009, due to complications of pneumonia.

Verna was born April 22, 1918 at La Fouche, Louisiana, daughter of Denis Jean and Eugenie (Picou) Ledet. Preceded in death by her sisters Coralee Weimer, and Shirley Sallinger, her husband of 63 years, Fred Edward Hammer Sr., and her parents.

Verna was a kind, gentle, caring and loving mother (and mother-in-law), grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Fred Edward Hammer Jr. (Luellen), Fair Oaks, Calif., and daughter Victoria Marie Edward, Cazenave, France; her granddaughter Cassandra Rose (Andrew) Abdelnour, McMinnville, Ore., grandson Pastor Fred Edward Hammer III (Stacy), Sacramento, Calif., and granddaughter Kristine Luellen Hammer (Jacob Cowham), Durango, Colo.; also by her three great-grandchildren, Brendan Edward Hammer, Ashlee Brooke Hammer, and Finley Cooper Cowham.

Verna was very active over the years at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sacramento, member of Choir, and later at St. Thomas Parish in Oroville, she was previous President and member of the Catholic Ladies Relief Society of Oroville, Daughters of the American Revolution (DARS), Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 9602.

We would like to thank Walnut House of Carmichael for keeping our mother comfortable and safe through her long journey and Sheer Memorial of Oroville for assisting the family. Graveside service Friday, October 30th, 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Park, Oroville, Calif.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2009
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