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Martha Hammer

May 10, 1922 — December 11, 2011

Martha Swadley Hammer, 89, of Blue Grass, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at Augusta Health.

She was born May 10, 1922 in Blue Grass, a daughter of the late H.L. and Esta C. Folks Simmons.

Mrs. Hammer was a lifelong active member of Blue Grass United Methodist Church, where she taught children’s Sunday school for many years. She received her bachelor of science degree from Madison College. She was a favorite schoolteacher of many, having taught in Augusta and Highland counties, and in 1971 retired from Highland High School. She had served on Highland Weekday Religious Education Council. Mrs. Hammer lived a life of serving and putting others first.

On Dec. 21, 1945, she married Luther Hammer Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1986. She was also predeceased by a half-sister, Alma Hevener.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Charles Waybright of Huddleston and Jeanie and Larry Whitecotton of Blue Grass; four grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and Tim St.Clair of Troutville, Chad and Erin Waybright of Salem, Travis and Janla Whitecotton of Stuarts Draft, and Karen and Michael Sweeney of Amissville; and eight great-grandsons, Zachary, Tyler, Nathan, Lucas and Andrew St.Clair, Chase and Conley Waybright, and Mason Sweeney.

A funeral service was conducted noon, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at Blue Grass United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andre Crummett and the Rev. Richard Gibson officiating.

Burial was in Blue Grass Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Travis Whitecotton, Chad Waybright, Tim St.Clair, Michael Sweeney, Julian Folks, Harold Newman, Roland Simmons and William Hevener.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Hammer requested that memorial contributions be made to any Highland County charitable organization.


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