Mrs. Marion B. Hammer, 92, of Medford, Ore., formerly of Harborton, and Northport, N.Y., died peacefully in her home on April 24, surrounded by her family, after a long period of declining health. She was predeceased by Donald Hammer, her husband of 57 years and is survived by her daughter, Jennifer, of El Cerrito, Calif., and by her son, Scott, and his wife, Janet, of Richmond, Va.
A native of Troy, Ala., and an alumna of Troy University, Mrs. Hammer also held Master’s degrees in Reading and Special Education from Adelphi University. A resident of Northport for more than 30 years, she taught second and third grades, remedial reading, and special education in the Northport-East Northport and Ellwood, N.Y. public schools for more than 20 of those years.
She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Northport and served the church both as a deacon and as an elder. She was also a published poet, an arranger of fresh and dried flowers, a creator of silver jewelry, and a prize-winning designer and creator of hooked rugs, which were featured in several publications.
In retirement, she and her late husband relocated to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where they were active in Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church and in the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. In addition, Mrs. Hammer served as a volunteer literacy tutor one of whose students was named Virginia Adult Learner of the year. Later, they relocated again to Rogue Valley Manor, a retirement community in Medford, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Marion to a charity of your choice, or to Dogs for Better Lives, Central Point, Ore.