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Shirley Hammes (1930-2019)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 4/14/2019 at 13:36:53

Shirley Frances Hammes, 88 of Marion died Monday, December 17, 2018 at West Ridge Care Center after a battle with dementia. As was her wish, her body was donated to UIHC for medical purposes. A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Teahen Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A luncheon will be provided.

Shirley was born March 22, 1930 in Sigourney, Iowa, the daughter of J.D. And Lillian Himrod. She grew up on a farm outside of Delta and graduated from Sigourney High School in 1947. Shirley was a strong, independent woman who was also very kind. She married Charles (Chuck) Hammes in April of 1952. Shirley was a devoted mom to her four children. Later the family moved to the Cedar Rapids area. Shirley worked as a secretary and account coordinator at CMF&Z advertising agency in Cedar Rapids for many years and immensely enjoyed her work and the people there. She enjoyed swimming, and dancing, early morning walks, reading about a wide variety of topics including politics, nature, western pioneers, and American Indians. Shirley enjoyed taking care if her home in Marion and she especially took pleasure in working in her flower beds and maintaining her yard and garden. Singles in Agriculture (SIA), a social group to which she belonged for many years, was the source of much joy from the people that she met and events she attended around the country.

She is survived by her four children, Karen Hammes (Marvin Shenefelt), David Hammes, Duane Hammes, Sheryl Hammes (Tom Gomes ); two step-grandchildren, Christina Philips (Mike) and John Gomes (Raelene), two grandchildren Bobby Joe Hammes and Kevin Shenefelt (Kyla); one sister, Jeanne Merryfield, two nieces, Rita Robison and Linda Tish (Greg), and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.D. and Lillian Himrod and her former spouse, Charles (Chuck) Hammes.

Memorials in Shirley's memory may be directed to her family to be designated later.

Her family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Home Instead Senior Care and West Ridge Care Center for their compassionate care provided to Shirley.


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