Hazel O. Hammonds, age 94, of Roswell passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Roswell. She will be cremated and interred with her husband Arthur at South Park Cemetery at a later date. They were married for 68 years.
Hazel O. Hammonds was born October 26, 1922, in Roswell, NM, on the Tweedy Farm just south of Roswell to Oscar and Jannetta Welcher. Oscar, Jannetta and their young son Frank, had travelled to Roswell from Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma, specifically for Oscar’s new job, and Hazel was born in Roswell shortly thereafter. Oscar became ill and the family returned to Paul’s Valley where he died when Hazel was 2 years old. She had no memories of him and lifelong suffered that. A serendipity part of the story is that Hazel and her husband would settle in Roswell and raise their two sons 20 years later, the place of her birth.
Hazel and her husband, Art, met in San Diego, CA, while Art was living in an apartment above a gas station, and the owner of the gas station/apartment had a niece coming from Oklahoma with her friend, Hazel. When they arrived, Art got kicked out and the two young women took over the apartment! A romance started from this encounter. Hazel loved roller skating with Art and long summer days in Balboa Park during their courtship. He was the love of her life and thought him “so handsome.” They married August 8, 1942, in Yuma, AZ, and returned to San Diego as husband and wife. Shortly thereafter Art joined the navy and his ship took him overseas during the years of World War II. In his absence, Hazel was a telephone operator in the San Diego area. The love letters exchanged by this pair still emit their young romance and the yearning for each other caused by the war. They were quite the pair, young and in love, and their future bright with promise.
After the war they relocated to Tahoka, TX, and eventually Roswell, NM, where they set up shop for the rest of their lives, raised their two boys, Mike and Ken, and it is here they both passed away.
Mom, as her sons know her, is lovingly cherished. She was “our amazing woman,” the one who nurtured us, raised us, instilled the uncommon values in us she cherished, and then she did the same with her 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is survived by her two sons: Michael Thomas Hammonds of Concord, MA, and his wife Janet; and Kenton Arthur Hammonds of Roswell, NM, and his wife Chiquita. Her grandchildren, all surviving her, are Mikala Hammonds of Northhampton, MA; Amber Hammonds Pinnow of Fruita, CO; Brandon Lee Hammonds of Kansas City, MO; Bryant Arthur Hammonds of Seattle, WA; and Kathryn Elizabeth Hammonds of Seattle, WA. The admired great grandchildren are Julian Michael Lentini, Henry Jacob Attias, Wesley Isaac Newton, Emma Eleanora Pinnow, and Kohen Arthur Hammonds.
Hazel’s entire family expresses their heartfelt respect and appreciation to both the awesome staff and residents of PeachTree Village. What a wonderful community of loving people you are! Additionally, Mom’s caregivers were angelic in her time of need. Thank you Julie Adams.
My life was made better by the very loving, kind and fun lady, Hazel. She gave me many special memories. I loved her very much. She had the most loving Christian personality. Heaven has welcomed this precious soul. I will remember and love her always.
My sympathy and sincere condolences to all of her family.
Pat CarltonRoswell, NM
I am so lucky that you and Mom were friends before I was born. I was able to grow up knowing what true friends were by your examples. My fondest memories are of parade day, trips to the mountains, playing touch football in your yard and when I was little you would let me sleep on your bed when I got tired while you, Art, Mom, and Dad played cards or dominos!
LOVE YOU Donna Ann
Donna MotesRoswell, NM
No one ever had a better friend. We had so many good trips and good family times. Our families have so many happy memories. Miss you always! Bless Mike, Ken, and families. Love Millie
Millie MobleyRoswell, NM
What a very dear and beautiful lady inside and out. I so enjoyed seeing her when she came into Visible Changes to get her hair done. We would always share a kiss and any snacks we might be having. She and Cindy had the closest bond for a client and stylist combo. Close to 30 years. They would do stuff outside of the shop and come back the next week laughing about how much fun they had. It was truly heartbreaking when she didn't get to come in anymore. It was like there was something missing from our week. Hazel, God Bless Your Beautiful Soul and we will and do miss you sweet Angel. Love and prayers, Cheryl Wafful
Cheryl WaffulToswell, NM
Hazel was one if a kind. I am blessed to have known her. She & my Aunt Millie welcomed me to Roswell with many hours of fun & laughter. My condolences to her family. May your memories comfort you at this time.
Bonnie MilamRoswell, NM
Art and Hazel were our next door neighbors on Sequoia Street for many years. They were always a kind, friendly, and gracious couple. I remember seeing Mr. Hammonds out working on his yard and property throughout the years. When I was a child and teenager in school and had to participate in school fundraisers, I often knocked on their door and asked if they would purchase an item to help our school or organization. I was very shy and timid, so I wouldn't have knocked on just anyone's door. I don't remember them ever telling me no. (One day a few years ago, Ken told me he was the one eating the Girl Scout cookies. ha ha!)
Our family is very saddened by this loss. You have our deepest condolences. We will pray for your comfort and strength during this time.
Sherri Hall-CrowhurstRoswell, NM
Hazel was a great person, always kind and cheerful, she made this world a much better place!
Becky Chesser HurfordRoswell, NM
J and I are saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. May God ease your pain of the loss of this wonderful woman. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
J and Aquilla BrockLubbock, TX
The Hammonds family, I'm sorry about the loss of your Mom. She was such a nice and wonderful woman. One of the greatest experiences in my life was meeting and working with people like your parents. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have known them and lucky to have been their Senator. I'm sorry I will be out of town for her service. Tim
Tim JenningsRoswell, NM
You can shed tears that she is gone.
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back.
Or you can open your eyes and see all she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her.
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday.
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone.
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live forever.
You can cry and close your mind.
Or you can do what Hazel would want.
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
We will miss this beautiful lady. Everyone enjoyed Hazel in our aerobics class.
She was such a jokester. The gates of Heaven were opened wide to welcome her in.
We wish the family all of God's blessings. With our thoughts and prayers.
Mack and Alice
Mack and Alice RatliffRoswell, NM