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Betty L. Hammonds

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Betty L. Hammonds, of Hillman, age 85, made her address change on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Betty was born in Arkadelphia, AR, on September 26, 1934, daughter of the late Lloyd and Lillie Helton. She married the love of her life, Claude Hammonds, Jr., on May 3, 1950. They were happily married until her beloved husband passed away in April 1978. Junior and Betty, in their early years, worked in the cotton fields of Arkansas, before moving to Michigan. She was employed at St. Joseph Hospital in the housekeeping department for 28 years. After retiring, Betty moved to Gaylord to be near family and attend the church her son pastored. Betty was a faithful member of Life Tabernacle Apostolic Church, where she loved to sing in the choir and help make peanut brittle. She enjoyed knitting & crocheting, crossword puzzles, bingo, watching Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune, and spending time with her loved ones. Above all, she loved God, and dearly loved her family.

She is survived by her son, Allen (Virginia) Hammonds; daughters: Deborah (Stanley) Wilson, Teressa (Harvey) Proffitt, Patricia (Bill) Giertz, and Meri (Thomas) Tatum; grandchildren, Gregory (Alana) Hammonds, Jennifer (Todd) O’Rourke, Steven (Sherrie) Wilson, Aaron Wilson, Samuel (Melissa) Wilson, Crystal (Josh) Smith, Dustin Wood, Rebekah (Paul) Brown, Kandyce Davidson, William (Cayla) Rudd, Rachel (Jeff) Hall, Anndra Rudd, Wesley (Katelyn) Rudd; several great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; siblings, Gerald (Helen) Helton, Clarence (Evelene) Helton, Gregory (Rosa) Helton, and Joyce Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hammonds, Jr.; brothers, Alvin W. Helton, Delmar L. Helton, and James E. Helton; sisters, Billie K. Whaley and Nancy E. Hammonds.

Memorial service will be Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the Life Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Gaylord.

Burial will be in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, Grand Blanc, Michigan Monday, July 13, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Life Tabernacle Apostolic Church, P.O. Box 401 Gaylord, MI 49734.

13 comments on “Betty L. Hammonds”

  1. Esther henderson

    I lost a friend, church forever friends, we all went to church together at AFT. In recent year, a dear Facebook friend, Rita posted up to the last few months. I love her and her sister Nancy.

    • Charlotte Wickson

      My Aunt Bet, was a very precious lady. I loved visiting with her, talking about old times and the fun things she and Mom use to do. Her last words to me were, “ I love you too” said with her sweet smile. Give Mom, Daddy and Freda a hug for me. She will be remembered with much love.

      • Pam Martin (Stiehl)

        She was like a mother to me when I was young growing up with her daughter Meri in Flint. She was a lovely lady who willed be missed by many.

        • She was a wonderful woman of God, so kind and helpful. She will be mised by so many. Prayers for peace and comfort to her family and friends.

          • Butch & Evelene Helton

            I am going to miss Betty so much, but I know she is not sick anymore!!! Our human side wanted her to stay, but “GOD ” called her up!!!

            • Dear Allen and Jenny, I am sorry for your family’s loss.
              Bob and I pray for comfort as time needs, sending our families loss.
              Pat & Bob Makins
              (I used to work for State Farm, Gaylord and Bob and I knew Jenny from oilfield days.)

              • My sweet Aunt Bett, I’m gonna miss being able to call you up and talk. You were like a second Mom to me and now I’ll pass the mantle on to my big Sis! You are in a much better place with Uncle June, Mom and Dad, Freda, and of course our Savior, Jesus! I love you and will see you again in the not too distant future!

                • Marlene & Dr. Donald Cousineau

                  We will dearly miss Betty. She was truly an angel on this earth! She had a beautiful smile
                  and was always sweet, pleasant and always spoke with kind words. She always talked about her family and loved you all so much. We feel truly blessed to have known her and she truly enriched our lives. God broke the mold when he made Betty! All our love and prayers to her entire family!
                  Love, Marlene & Dr. Donald Cousineau

                  • My thoughts and prayers are with the HAMMONDS FAMILY
                    in their time of grief. May ‘God’ give you peace during this
                    most difficult time. -Romans 15:13

                    • My thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Betty’s children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

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