Sept. 7, 1922-July 26, 2007
CURTIS -- Frances Eleanor Schick Hammond, 84, died Thursday (July 26, 2007) at the Senior Living Choices in Curtis.
She was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Lincoln County, north of Curtis to George G. and Edna Ellen Dempcy Schick. Her mother, Edna died when she was a few weeks old. She then lived with her aunt and uncle Kempton and cousins Emily and Lester for five years. After George married Gertrude Gorley Holmes, she returned to the farm north of Curtis where she grew up. She graduated from Nebraska School of Agriculture in 1940, with a teaching certificate. She then taught school at District 75 north of Curtis for two years.
On Oct. 22, 1941, she married Richard Elbert Hammond in Phillipsburg, Kan. They farmed and ranched most of their lives in the Curtis area.
She was a member of the Pleasant Home Methodist Church and then the Curtis United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, played the piano, and sang with the choir in the Easter Pageant from its beginning until recent years. She also gave piano lessons to many people in the Curtis area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, three brothers Glen and wife Irene, Wayne, and Loren, sister-in-law Barbara Farrar, brother-in-law Gail Hammond, and a special cousin Emily Freeburg that was considered a sister to Eleanor.
Survivors include two daughters, Lenore and husband, Tyre Nelson of Hayes Center, and Elaine and husband, Larry Elson of Curtis; a son Rick and wife, Heidi Hammond of Clarks; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the Curtis United Methodist Church in Curtis with the Rev. Ray Norris officiating. Burial will precede the service at 10 a.m., in the Curtis Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m. at the Blasť-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis.
Memorials are suggested to the Curtis United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be given to the family at www.blasestrauser.com
Blasť-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Curtis is in charge of arrangements.