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“Be at peace. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Sue Gerdts - Red Oak, IA

“Dear Wayne, Denny and David, Hicksy said it well. Mary was good to all of us South Hill kids. I remember her checking that we hadn't been buried...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Gary Swift - Topanga, CA

“The Hammer Family, I was so sorry to hear about Mary's passing. I enjoy the time I worked with her at Eveready. She always told me stories about...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Terri Limbrick - Red Oak, IA

“Dave and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your wonderful memories somehow bring peace and comfort in the midst of this...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa Vetter - Red Oak, IA

“are thoughts and prayers are with your family she will greatly missed ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: jerryand juanita - red oak, IA

“Wayne, Denny, and David, Mary was always so supportive of your activities when we were kids, be it paper routes, scooping sidewalks and driveways in...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: jim hicks - knoxville, IA

“MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF MARY'S FAMILY AS THEY NAVIGATE THIS DIFFICULT TIME. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: NORMAN WILKINS - SPRING, TX

“Wayne,Denny,Dave Sometimes the miles and years keep friends apart.You never forget those you have fond memories of and treasure. Yours is one of...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Tom England - Columbia, SC

“Wayne,Dave & Family : So very sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless all of you, and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Rita &Mark Bienhoff and Colleen Sands - IA

“Wayne and family, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Mary was a loving person, she always cared about me. When I was so sick she, was there. I...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Carolyn Lombard - Red Oak, IA


Mary Ann Hammer, the daughter of Bert W. and Olive E. (Buffon) Penry was born September 12, 1930 in Red Oak, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the Creighton Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, the age of 79 years, 10 months and 29 days. Mary was raised in the Red Oak area. She attended school at Stennett. Mary was united in marriage to Wayne C. Hammer on March 5, 1947 in Troy, Kansas. After Wayne's military service they made their home in Red Oak. Mary worked for Union Carbide Battery Company for 38 years, before her retirement. She enjoyed the outdoors, where she grew her beautiful flowers, along with raising a vegetable garden. Mary enjoyed canning her vegetables to treat her family throughout the year. Mary enjoyed the many bus trips she and Wayne took traveling around the United States. She also enjoyed bowling and visits to the casino. For many years, Mary helped cook and serve for the Court of Honor Soup and Pie Supper. She also spent many hours volunteering at Vista Gardens Care Center. Most importantly she treasured time spent with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary was a member of the First Christian Church in Red Oak and the Union Carbide Classy Cats. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers: Francis and Fay; and sister: Elsie. Mary is survived by her husband of 63 years: Wayne C. Hammer of Red Oak, IA; 2 sons: Dennis Hammer and wife Denise of Tabor, IA and David Hammer of Red Oak, IA; 2 grandchildren: Melinda McCormick and husband Mike of Lincoln, NE and Matthew Hammer of Gretna, NE; 3 great-grandchildren: Drake and Kalyssa McCormick and Shelby Hammer; 2 brothers: James and Guy Penry of Red Oak, IA; 3 sisters: Nancy and Shirley Penry of Red Oak, IA and Mrs. Laura Anderson of Red Oak, IA; sister-in-law: Betty Bolton of Red Oak, IA; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, IA Rev. JoAnn Thomas, Officiating Memorials to the First Christian Church of Red Oak. Open viewing on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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