Margaret Regina Hamby
March 21, 1925 – April 18, 2021
Margaret “Maggie” Hamby passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 96. She lived with Alzheimer's disease at Somerford Memory Care in Fresno, California for the past 3 years.
She is survived by 5 of her 7 children: Jim (Lisa) Hamby, Debby (John) Lott, Pati (Rudy) McMillan, Linda (Steve) McCall, David (Mary Ann) Hamby, and is survived by her son-in-law Fred Bonani, daughter-in-law Angela Hamby, and her loving companion of 13 years, Manny Dichner. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ralph, daughter Diana Bonani, and son Stewart Hamby. Her brother John Luteran, sisters Kathryn Peters and Agnes Daniel also preceded her in death. Margaret has a very large extended family of 21 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson.
Margaret was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. The family moved to Fresno in 1958, and after her 7th child enrolled in school, she decided to pursue a career. She worked for the Fresno Police Dept for 27 years in various management positions, and loved every day of it. She was a highly respected employee and took a lot of pride in the skills she gained and the individuals she shared them with.
Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother. In her children’s earlier years, she seldom missed a PTA meeting, a Back to School night, awards ceremonies, their sporting events, track meets, baseball games, and gymnastics meets. She loved sewing, gardening, camping at Dinkey Creek, and just being with family as much as possible. She was not only a caregiver to her husband in his illness, and her daughter through her medical events, but she was also the loving caregiver to the many neighbors in need of medical attention or rides to doctor’s appointments. She was hands on for the births of all her grandchildren. She even packed up her 2 younger children and trekked across the country on a train to Illinois to be with her daughter and firstborn grandchild. She loved being Grandma Maggie.
Margaret also enjoyed traveling and music. Later in her life, she and her companion Manny took many cruises, attended concerts, Fresno State basketball and football games, and attended many musical plays at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theatre, even into her early 90’s. Margaret will be truly missed by all who knew her and those whose lives she touched.
Graveside Service 11am, May 7, 2021 at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 N. Tielman, Fresno, CA. Following the burial, there will be a Celebration of Life Memorial at The Vineyards, California Armenian Home Pavilion, 6720 E. Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, CA
Those wishing to honor Margaret’s life can make a donation in her name to Alzheimer’s Research Assn. or Hinds Hospice in Fresno.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Celebration of Life Memorial
Friday, May 7, 2021
Margaret Regina Hamby
May 5, 2021
I grew up with the Hamby family. I have many good memories of them all.
I wish to express my heartfelt regrets to all family for their loss of a great matriach.
Margret was a great mother of the hood. We grew up in the Fist and Shieds area, then known as norteast central.Fresno. She treated all the neighbor kids like family.
One of my memories of Margret was the amazing donuts she was able to create crom a can of biscuits. They were yummy to the tummy as she use to tell us.
I also remeber her as a talented piano player. I think o e of her favorite pieces might have been the theme song from the movie entitiled, The Sting, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. She played that one quite often as I recall.
I think she got teased a bit at work by our local patrolmen. I remeber once some of the neibor hood boys got caught climbing up on a billboard, when they should'nt have. I was told when they told him their last name was Hamby his dispatch was, Maggie I got your boys here what do you want me to do?
I think her reply, as told to me by an unamed source was, send them home and tell them to exspect a whooopin when I get home..
April 25, 2021
My heart felt sympathy TO the HAMBY FAMILY during this time of grief . I know your Mom was the heart and soul for all of you. I had the pleasure of working with Margaret at the PD. The one thing I will always remember about her is best described with the phrase “Mother (Maggie) Knows Best” May the many wonderful memories live on forever. RIP my very dear friend! You will be missed by ALL!