Mrs. Dolores Ann Hammer

April 23, 1932December 19, 2018

Our precious Mom born on April 23, 1932 departed her earthly life on Dec. 19, 2018 to be greeted by our Dad and her loved ones in her life eternal. She was the wife for 54 yrs. to the late Charles (Tack) C. Hammer and the second daughter of the late James Newton Collard and Mary Aralee Williams Collard of Dallas, Tx. She was their last surviving child and the beloved daughter- in- law of the late Grady G. Hammer and James C. Hammer also of Dallas. Born and raised in Dallas she married Charles Hammer July 9, 1948. Such great memories of Mom to share for the rest of our lives, we are her daughters: Donna S. Birch and her husband Charlie of Chincoteague, Va., Nancy H. Buckner and her late husband Ronnie of Hacksneck, Va. and Cypress, Tx., Kathy L. Rushing and her husband Rick of Duncanville, Tx. Grandsons Cory and Fletcher Birch(wife-Jennifer), Jesse Buckner(wife-Meredith) and Richie(wife-Lisa) and Ryan Rushing. Step-granddaughter Beth Thornes(husband John). Three great-grandsons: Braxson Birch, Rockie Buckner and Richie Rushing. Great-granddaughters: Kenzee Birch, Allie Rushing and Rebekah Rushing. Three step great-granddaughters and one step great-grandson, two nieces and six nephews.

Mom and Dad spent 21 yrs. enjoying life on the Eastern Shore of Virginia during our Dad’s career at the Wallops Island Flight Facility and after their retirement until Dad’s death in 2002. They made many friends in Virginia and certainly enjoyed fishing for flounder and the beautiful environment of the shore. While having a successful career of her own, Mom loved to cook, sew and keep up with fashion. She was a wonderful cook of her Texas heritage but of all her many talents she was a brilliant and impeccable seamstress. Her sweet hands and mind could make and tailor anything out of cloth. She always excited us when she made our clothes, clothes for our children and others.

We have certainly missed her these past two years with her having to be placed in facilities for her own wellbeing due to her increasing dementia. We thank the Lord she was still able to remember us upon taking her last breath. As she stated so many times, “I have had a good life and I’m ready to go.” Yes, Mom you have but we will miss your beautiful face, sweet kisses, hugs and sincere voice when you always expressed your love for us and in return our love for you is immeasurable and embedded in our hearts forever. Her giving and loving ways not only touched our family but also many others. She was always willing to give of herself and her many talents. The moment you met our mom you were drawn to her inner and outer beauty.

A memorial service and visitation will be held at Laurel Land Funeral home in Dallas on Thursday January 24th at noon. Family and friends are invited to share in the celebration of our Mom’s life and her life well spent.

The family request no flowers only your presence.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mrs. Dolores Ann Hammer

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