September 8, 1937 - March 13, 2013
I would like to share the story of my Mother’s wonderful 75 and 1/2 year life. Nancy Loy Hammerstad was born on an late Summer evening at 11:15 in Yakima on September the eighth, of nineteen hundred and thirty-seven. Mom came bursting into the world at 6 lbs. 13 oz. born to Beatrice E. and Lloyd H. Hammerstad. She grew up in the luscious, fertile Yakima Valley.
1937, where was that in our historic timeline? Well the Bonneville Dam on Columbia River began producing power; Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean; at that time the world’s largest flower bloomed in NY Botanical Garden, a 12’ calla lily; the Dirigible Hindenburg exploded in flames in Lakehurst, N.J.; or how about San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opened. Can you believe the first U.S. social security payment was made. Quite a year, that 1937.
Nancy married Jerone Francis Holt in 1959. 20 months later that’s when I burst on the scene, but Mom & Dad were soon divorced. Mom started working for Pacific Northwest Bell in Portland, Oregon, as a key punch operator in those days. Then later for UPS in the over-goods/damaged package department. We moved to Elma in 1969 and were close to my aunt Beulah & Manny Longmire who lived on Strawberry Hill. Mom eventually worked for Ebasco, helping to build the Satsop Towers, confirming the grades of the structural steel used in the concrete.
Mom later married Ralph Stangland in 1983 and moved to Central Park working in the family business until they divorced. She moved to Satsop briefly, before building her home in Ocean Shores. There she enjoyed watching all the animals on land, especially the water fowl, you know she could tell the seasons by the species that were coming or going on the Canal, with great accuracy, then, there were her humming birds she had year round.
Mom loved spending time with her family watching her grandchildren grow up especially her great-grandchildren.
Yes, she truly took time to enjoy the scenery, sunsets and abundant wildlife we have here at the beach. My mother taught me many things, like patience, and time, yes, the value of just spending time, time to just listen, really listen to what someone has to say. Most importantly to enjoy each day, and never take nothing for granted, as I knew, I often did.
Mom was baptized on June 28, 1959, and dedicated her life to Jehovah as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, attending the North Beach Congregation, she enjoyed studying the Bible with all that would listen.
Mom was preceded in death by her grandmother, Goldie Plath in September 1988; mother, Beatrice E. Malyjurek in September 2012; father, Lloyd H. Hammerstad in May 1988; step-father, Albert D. Malyjurek in January 1995; and brother, Lloyd F. Hammerstad in 2000.
On September 28, 2012, we would find that our lives would be changed forever as that day Mom was diagnosed with Bulbar ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Bulbar affected her throat, eating, drinking, speaking, breathing and laughing. On October 22, 2012, she had a feeding tube placed. Mom always kept a positive attitude, always looking forward to the Paradise. She always physically had a smile on her face, until the later stage where all facial muscles were compromised, and still, her inner smile was always there.
Because of the help from the Olympic Area on Aging and the ALS Association she was able to remain at home, where she was most comfortable and content to end her journey, thank you, Delores Swanson.
She is survived by her cat, Mr. Quinn; best friend, Lola; her many brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall; her brother’s wife, Carla Hammerstad and their adult children, Brynn and Kari in Tacoma; brother, Terry and Ruth Malyjurek in Olympia; son, Kevin Sr. and Paige Holt in Ocean Shores; granddaughter, Summer and Steve Shriner in Emmett, Idaho; granddaughter, Whitney and Isaac Thien in Lanai, Hawaii; granddaughter, Marissa and Greyson Moessner in Ocean Shores; granddaughter, Alyce and Ryan Roberts in Ocean Shores; grandson, Kevin Holt Jr. and granddaughter, Rylie Holt both in Ocean Shores; great-grandson, Alex Shriner in Emmett, Idaho; great-granddaughters, Jocelyn & Neveah Moessner and Annie Roberts all in Ocean Shores.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my Mother’s Journey.