Alta Mae Hammond

1915 ~ 2008



Alta Mae Hammond was taken by the Lord in the late evening of April 17, 2008, from Farmington Square Assisted Living in Medford, Ore.



Alta Mae was born November 26, 1915 to Hillery and Mattie (Weitman) Todd, in Dayton, Wash.



She spent her first eight years in Washington, and the rest of her years in Oregon. She lived in Bartlett, Butte Falls, Derby, Shady Cove, Sam's Valley, Klamath Falls, Jacksonville, and Medford. She lived in Medford for the past 60 years.



Alta Mae was well known in the Rogue Valley for her lovely flowers, vegetable garden and beautiful yard. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, bowling, collecting rocks, playing her violin and remodeling. She did so much remodeling to their home, that her husband said he never knew where the front door was going to be when he came home from work. She was a member of the Elk's Emblem Club and played on their bowling team for many years.



She married Ted Hammond of MacDoel, Calif., on October 17, 1936 in Reno, Nev. They were married for 65 years, until his passing in 2001.



After living in a tent for the first few years of their marriage, the two of them built their first home in Klamath Falls, Ore. It was a lovely home, made of scrap two-by-fours, chicken wire, bottle caps, and finished off with stucco. All of the materials were collected by them.



Alta Mae was a bookkeeper for many years at her husband's various car dealerships in southern Oregon. She was also a long-time volunteer for the Salvation Army Thrift Store.



She will be truly missed by her older sister, Lolah Nelson of Waldport, Ore.; sons, Larry Hammond and wife, Shelba of Hines, Ore., and Dennis Hammond and wife, Sandy of Gold Hill, Ore.; five grandchildren, Cheri, Deron, Scott, Sherri and Kay; five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Justin, Jordyn, Shaun and Jason; sisters-in-law, Alice and Ruth; brother-in-law, Art; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins; and also a long-time friend and prayer partner, Sherry O'Conner.



She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; parents, Mattie and Hillery; two brothers, Toddy and Don; and a sister, Lelah.



A special thanks to the Medford Providence Hospice, Pastor Tim Olsen, and the caring staff at Farmington Square.



Alta Mae was a member of The Bethel Church, 4245 Vista Point Drive, Medford, Ore., where the service will be held and officiated by Pastor Tim Olson on April 25, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a graveside service for the close family at The Trail Cemetery, Trail, Ore.



Arrangements are made by Conger~Morris Funeral Directors of Medford. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to the Children's Ministry of the Medford Bethel Church.