Remembering Stella Hammer
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My grandmother was absolutely the sweetest woman … those in the county who knew her and many who were only casually acquainted, all raved about how June and Ed would open their door on the Blue River to anyone who needed it. She was always having cookies or going to coffee with someone, and when I was a little tyke, we almost literally lived at the Dairy Queen with her best friend, Ellen Bond (who, is quite a few years younger and resides in Montana).
She was born on one of the few ranches on the Gore Creek, which is now known as East Vail. Her family had the local dairy, which pretty well made my grandma one of the best horse riders, but also the local social butterfly … She attended and graduated(1935) school in Leadville, which in those days was a very booming place. In those days, most who lived in the Vail Valley and schooled in Leadville, would go by horse or train, over Battle Mountain Pass, then over Tennessee Pass and stay with family or friends for the week and come back during breaks or on days off with supplies.
She met my grandfather, Ed Hammer, and they married March 28, 1937. Just a couple weeks ago, they celebrated their 73rd anniversary. In the late 1950s they moved to the Hammer property on the north end of Silverthorne, where they raised three children, David, Larry, and Delores … all of whom graduated from Summit High, in the old location in Frisco. My grandfather was both the state and county electrical inspector at different times in Summit, for quite a few years until retirement … where they spent much of the time raising their seven gandchildren. June worked quite a few years at the old Silverthorne Fire Dept. in Silverthorne, and the Summit Motor Vehicle, where they eventually had both the car and truck versions of ZL-888.
They sold their property in Summit in 2001, and moved down to Kremmling, to be out of a lot of the snow and closer to their son David. She was brought up a very strong Christian woman, and all her years, she had a huge heart for anyone in need. In recent years, both Jun and Ed had slowed down alot, but were often in the Moose Cafe eating lunch or having coffee. Last weekend when she passed, all three of her children were by her side. Many Angel alerts were written about me (Nicholas, her grandson), 15 years ago, but the real hero in my life was always my Grandma June.
Graveside will be at the Minturn Cemetary, at 11 a.m. today, with services to follow, at 1 p.m. at the Kremmling Community Church in Kremmling.
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