OBITUARY

Lynda Joyce Hammontree

October 24, 1952April 5, 2021
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Lynda Joyce Hammontree, 68, passed away in her home on April 5th, 2021.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation to remember and celebrate her life on Monday, April 12, 2021 between 10:00 a.m. and noon at Laurel Land Funeral home - 6300 South R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75232.

Lynda was born to Jack and Joy Hurry in Newport on the Isle of Wight, England on October 24, 1952. On May 13th, 1956 her best friend and sister Diane entered her life and the two created an unbreakable bond. Richard, Lynda's adoring younger brother, became part of the family on July 11, 1964. Lynda’s role as the eldest child in her family would dramatically change three years later after the death of her father. Her doting love, protection, and loyalty towards her younger siblings has been a guiding light for the entirety of her life.

Lynda grew up in Pewsey–a village in Wiltshire near Stonehenge. Her own children would later hear tales of her and her friends playing hide-and-seek around those huge stones as if they were their personal playground. We have the fondest memories of running around the English countryside with our cousins Caroline and Matthew as kids when we traveled back home with mom. She adored all of her nieces and nephews so much and loved being an aunt.

Lynda was a long, lean bean-pole of a child, often reminding us that she was “once the tallest in her class.” While attending Pewsey Secondary School she broke the record for hurdles and her record stood for many years after she left. As a teen she achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and a Blue Peter Badge. Both were, and still are, high accolades for British children.

Lynda went on to attend Salisbury College and graduated from Oxford University’s John Radcliffe Hospital as a State Registered Nurse. While working at St. Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth she trained and qualified as a midwife. Her work and dedication to mothers and babies would set her future career as a Postpartum RN into motion. After working for Middlesex Hospital in London, Lynda was given the opportunity of a lifetime and set her sights on the United States. In the eyes of her twelve-year-old brother Richard, it was a devastating blow. He remembered, “It was December 6, 1976 when we took her to Heathrow for her flight to Dallas. She said it was just for one year but I knew then that she wouldn’t be back.” While leaving her mother and siblings was a painful decision, she knew she had to follow her instincts and take the leap. Lynda traveled to Texas with a close group of nursing friends on a work-study program through Presbyterian Hospital.

And so the story goes... While at a party with her friends, Lynda met our father, Bryant, who was dragged to the party by his buddies. After a night of laughing, talking, and escaping their respective blind dates, Lynda realized she would not be going home to England.

Quinton Bryant Hammontree and Lynda Joyce Hurry married on March 3, 1978 at the county courthouse in Fort Worth, TX. They honeymooned in Las Vegas and then traveled to England to officially celebrate with her family and friends. Three impossibly perfect children soon followed: Michelle (1979), Nicole (1980), and Michael (1983).

Lynda adored our father’s family as they welcomed her as their own. She spent many devoted years caring for our grandparents, Quinton Bryant Sr. and Ella Ray, especially in the years after Bryant’s death.

Lynda was a devoted nurse across Methodist Charlton and Methodist Central Hospitals in Dallas for over 30 years. While there she made meaningful, lifelong friendships with her fellow nurses and patients. She made quite a name for herself on 11 Bed Tower—the floor dedicated to moms and new babies. A natural leader and mentor, she guided and trained new nurses and was considered by her colleagues and patients to be one of the best. She would often receive notes from the new mothers and families she cared for, praising her compassionate and attentive bedside manner.

On July 18, 1999 Lynda lost the love of her life to pancreatic cancer. With two teenagers at home and one away at college she was once again thrust into an unexpected role– widowed mother. Though her hardships and heartache were tremendous, she was admired by many for her strength and dedication to her family and her work during this time.

To know Lynda is to know her love for music–especially The Beatles. As kids bouncing around in the car with mom you would often hear her proclaim “60’s Quiz!” To which every child in the back would shout, “The Beatles!”–the only acceptable answer there ever was. It made her so happy and proud to share her love for John, Paul, George, and yes, even Ringo. Her sister Diane has never lived down the day that she accidentally sat on Lynda’s Rubber Soul album and snapped the record in half. Anytime a song off that album was heard, Mom would be reminded and have to tell the story again. Lynda was able to see The Beatles in a small venue in England to her mother’s dismay. Her story of sneaking out of her mum’s house to travel by bus and boat to see Jimi Hendrix live at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 made her legendary in her sibling’s eyes. She took Diane to see Elton John in Oxford in 1972, her sister’s first memorable concert experience. As a true testament to his love for our mother, our father agreed to accompany her to a Rolling Stones concert after multiple hints were dropped. He attempted to make an elaborate gift guessing game that ultimately lead to the tickets but it was a total and hilarious flop–it was their Voodoo Lounge Tour in 1995. A lifetime wish of seeing her dream-man Paul McCartney once again was fulfilled by her children in 2003 for his Driving World Tour and remains a heartfelt memory to us all. Many special evenings were spent in theaters, venues, and playhouses all around the world. Lynda’s love for the arts manifested as pure joy–a joy she needed to share with others.

Lynda was a world traveler, an avid reader, a master gardener, a volunteer, and a loving friend to so many. In the last decade she even became a champion pickleball player, known to run circles around her son and sons-in-law on the court.

More than anything else, Lynda loved being a mom and grandmother to her six grandchildren. It is impossible to put into words how well she loved us and how much she will be missed. She was a pillar of strength–endlessly loving and generous, boundlessly proud of her family, especially her beautiful grandchildren; Colette, Cason, Ethan, Quinton, Florence, and Landon. Her memory will live on through them.

Throughout our lives we watched our mom transform ordinary suburban lawns into magical gardens. Ugly dirt patches became blooming flower beds, complete with butterflies and fairy houses. Sometimes during the winter we would wonder how she was going to revive what was lost. But with every spring came her nurturing, and the flowers and birds would return more beautifully than ever. We didn’t realize at the time, but we now know we were being taught a beautiful lesson - there can be life after loss.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
12 April

Visitation

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Laurel Land Funeral Home

6300 South R.L.
Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75232

12 April

Committal Service

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Laurel Land Funeral Home

6300 South R.L.
Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75232

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Elizabeth Jordan nee Allen

April 11, 2021

It only seems like yesterday that we embarked on our training at the Radcliffe Infirmary , I can't believe that you have gone.
My sincere thoughts are with you all at this sad time. X
Liz Jordan ( Allen)

Ellen Fitzsimmons

April 11, 2021

Several years ago, the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks got an email from Lynda asking if she could create an English garden in a underutilized garden at Kidd Springs Park. Of course she could! She adopted the garden as her own and designed a complete make over of the garden including two stone paths and a large rock big enough to sit on. She completely replanted it and maintained it until her health did not allow her to continue. While others helped from time to time, she did almost all the work to create this beautiful space. We will really miss her smile , her energy and her creativity.
Ellen Fitzsimmons, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Lucy Robinson

April 11, 2021

I first met Lynda when I worked on 11 Bed Tower, where she became a mentor to me and then a treasured friend. She shared her love of reading, gardening and the arts, and we enjoyed art museums, botanical gardens and concerts together. It was only a year ago in February that she found out about a David Bowie retrospective at a small venue in San Antonio and got tickets for us. We had a lovely dinner and then walked to the club, which we discovered didn't open until 10pm. When we finally got in with high hopes of being blown away, we discovered we were blown away by the speakers and the 20 something crowd and were on our way home by 10:45. Fun times and memories.

Joyce Kusi-Obodum

April 11, 2021

I remember chatting with you at the then Salisbury Tech doing a Pre Nursing Course during 1969-1970. You told me that you had been accepted for your SRN (State Registered Nurse) training at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford for NewYear’s Day 1971 (for 3 years) and I exclaimed “So have I!”
As our birthdays were only 9 days apart and we’d known each other from Salisbury we became firm friends in Oxford. We worked hard in the Radcliffe Infirmary, Churchill Hospital, Cowley Road Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital, the latter in its 1st phase, during our training, meeting the Queen Mother on the day that she opened the John Radcliffe Hospital as we were doing our Obstetrics Course. We shared many stories and experiences of our upsets and tears, happiness and joy. We often talked about crying in the sluice when our very strict Ward Sisters reprimanded us too deeply when we thought we’d managed our tasks so well. Our patients were much kinder towards us!
It was great to experience sharing that damp flat in Headington, Oxford, with Rona and Mary, cycling to work each day. Moving into the 3-bed house in Cowley, Oxford, with Jo (who soon left), Shirley and Rona was a wonderful transformation. It was still cycling to work for the four of us, although you and Shirley bought old bangers and drove to work (despite atrocious parking) in 1973. Mary and Anne often visited us there and so did various boyfriends! Managing shift work and night duty and sharing a double bedroom with you somehow worked...lots of fun memories.
Wonderful to have known and kept up with you Lynda.
I shall always remember you with love and affection.
Love and Peace Joyce xxxxx

Rachel Nichols

April 10, 2021

The thing I really loved about Lynda was not only her dedication to her nursing career, much like my own mother, but her caregiving and gardening passions are my most meaningful impressions of her. Lynda made light in a world that sometimes just sucks. I like to think all these wonderful memories of her will leave a lasting impression. I’m literally applying to become a master gardener because of her. What a wonderful gift. I’m so sorry for Lynda’s family’s loss. Y’all have been through enough. But hopefully people who knew her will be equally inspired to mentor people and give more kindness out and into the world. What an impactful and beautiful tribute. She was loved.

Christine Human

April 10, 2021

A rare chance to catch up. Apparently Lynda had a very difficult flight with the babies. My sons Graham and Ian loved their day.

Christine Human

April 10, 2021

I met Lynda when she arrived in Bristol to become a nanny to a family, prior to her taking up nursing. I had been the babysitter and so lost my hours! The family asked that I show her and I reluctantly agreed. The start of our friendship. She truly was the loveliest lady and I shall miss her. As a writer I chose her name as the main character in my very first book, though she bore no resemblance to that lady. A tribute to a very special friend. You have left a legacy of a wonderful family. You will be missed so much. X

Cynthia Michaels

April 9, 2021

I’m glad I got to know Lynda through playing pickleball. She was always so gracious and kind, as well as a good pickleball player. I truly enjoyed playing pickleball with her....whether as an opponent or as a team mate! She will be missed. She left this earth way too early. My sympathy and condolences to the family.

Tom - Pia Baldwin

April 8, 2021

Lynda will truly be missed. She had so much talent gardening and also on the pickleball court.

Karla Dickey

April 8, 2021

So very sorry for your loss.

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