Jessie Oliva (Dickinson) Hammerand, of Marshall, died July 5, 2009, at her daughter's home in Sedalia. She was born May 21, 1922, in Phillipsburg, MO, to Allie (Boyd) and Robert Dickinson, the fourth of six children.
She spent most of her school years in Lebanon, MO, and graduated from high school there in 1938. After graduation, she traveled to New York to visit her oldest brother and attend the 1939 World's Fair and decided to stay. After living in New York and New Jersey for a couple of years, she and a friend went to work during WWII at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, OK, first on the manufacturing line, and later in the office.
During a visit home to Lebanon, she reconnected with a young Air Force pilot that she had known for many years, E.C. (Tug) Hammerand. After a short courtship, they were married January 28, 1946, in Springfield, MO. Following the war, Tug joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol and, after training, was assigned to the Marshall area, which was home until present day.
In November of 1946 they welcomed their first child, Kenneth Robert, and in July of 1950, their second child, Linda Kay, was born.
Jessie was always active in the community, with particular focus in her children's interests and in the First Baptist Church. She served as scout leader, member of the PTA and Forum Club, as Sunday school teacher and longtime member of the Wednesday 8 Bridge Club. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing most of her own and her children's clothes, and even sewed matching doll clothes for her daughter Linda. She was proud to be the wife of a 30-year member of the highway patrol. Jessie often spoke of these times when her kids were young as the happiest times of her life.
For Jessie and Tug, their favorite pastime was fishing with their close friends and grandchild. These adventures led to many laughs and tall tales that are still enjoyed today.
In later years, she enjoyed bowling, cooking, traveling, and continued her love of playing bridge and rummy. She loved spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and her grandson, extended family and treasured friends. She shared a special relationship with her grandson; she served as bowling coach, craft buddy, travel partner, confidant and friend.
She was preceded in death by son Kenneth in 1965, her husband Tug in 1995, and by her parents and two brothers. She is survived by daughter, Linda and husband, Rick, grandson Mark and fiancée, Jennifer, and son Jesse, and bonus great-granddaughters Josey and Rachelle, step-grandson Rick Messenger and wife, Rita, and children, Anthony, Josh and Breanna. Also, three brothers, Ben Dickinson of Punta Gorda, FL, Boyd Dickinson and wife, Pat, of Lebanon, MO, and Oscar (Bob) and wife, Kay, of Independence, MO, and several nieces and nephews.
Jessie will be remembered for her quick smile, contagious laugh and a mischievous sense of humor. She was daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend and Munger. She was class and style -- a lady till the end. She will be celebrated always and missed dearly.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Marshall, with Rev. Wayne Doolin officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bothwell Hospice in Sedalia, MO, c/o Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Additional information provided per family recompense.