ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Grandma Hammer- Mother, sister, wife, and a special daughter of God. Julia, 87 years old, born on June 18, 1933, passed away on May 24, 2021 with her daughter Julieann Hendrickson by her side. We have faith we will see her again.
Posted by Erin Hammer on June 14, 2021
When I was a kid, I was probably about 5 or 6, Grandma came to visit. We were living at the Marble Ct or Circle, can’t remember the exact name now. It was later in the afternoon, after she arrived, I went down to the large playground that was near our house. I decided to swing on the swing set, however, the swing set seats were a little too high for me at the time, and there were large at least large to me at the time, Red and Black Ant hills. These Ants were huge and they were everywhere and under every swing seat. If I wanted to swing I had to kind of run and jump onto the swing set and hope I didn’t get any ants on me. Well it just so happened that this particular time, I got stung/bit by a Red ant in between the toes on my right foot. Man that pain was something else, I started crying and then ran all the way back to the house. Grandma was inside doing something, and being the nurse she immediately asked what was wrong. I told her that I got bit by an ant, she then asked me why I didn't have any shoes on, I told her I had shoes but that I didn’t know how to tie my shoes (I guess at the time I didn’t put two and two together, that if you wear shoes you will not get stung). She then had me go get my shoes, she told me that she was going to teach me how to tie my shoes so that I could go play and not worry about the Ants. She then sat me in her lap, and spent the next 10-15 minutes teaching me how to tie my shoes. I still tie them the exact same way today. Now every time I tie them, it reminds me of her and how the smallest things can have the most impact on a persons life. My life changed that day, and Grandma, I have not been bit by an ant in between my toes since then. I love you Grandma!
Posted by Debra Hammer on June 11, 2021
Julie, loved playing the spoons and teaching my children how to do it too. One of my last visits with her was to help her get her sewing machine threaded and teach her how her new machine worked. She was making curtains. She loved sewing and we talked about it many times. She actually pierced my ears for me when she lived in Newburg, OR. She did a great job and i have enjoyed wearing my earrings for many years. She let us bottow her old green car for awhile when we lived in Tacoma because our car was on the fritz. She truly was a very giving person and loved to tell stories. She will be very missed by all who knew her. Mom, rest in peace and know you are truly loved.
Posted by Green Tie on June 11, 2021
Obituary with their mission picture in the Manti Messenger.

Julia Hammer, 87 of Manti, Utah, passed away peacefully in Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii, May 24, 2021. Loving Wife of Dean L Hammer; Beloved and Adventurous Mother of Bruce (Faye) Hammer of Manti, Utah, Laura (Bill) Altig of Culver, Oregon, and Julieann (Andy) Hendrickson of Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii and Grandmother and Great-Grandmother to many, many adoring Grandkids. She was born in a loving home to Casper and Mary (Smith, Ohlsson) VanDeGraaff in Ogden, Utah. Julia worked throughout her life as an LPN/X-ray Tech/Lab Tech. She also was able to serve a wonderful LDS mission with her husband Dean at Cove Fort, Utah. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Manti City Cemetery.
Posted by Michelle Sanchez-Newby on June 6, 2021
Benjamin Newby

I love grandma. I miss her...a lot. I read to her...AND she read to me! She loved me, I loved her..a lot!
Posted by Kyle Newby on June 6, 2021
Hannah
Grandma Hammer, she loved me. I know where she is in the spirit world, she loves her family. This is from me Hannah and I love her. I love her very much. We can't hear her, we can't hug her now, I wish she was still in Hawaii where I could still see her.

From me and mommy.
Hannah
Posted by Michelle Sanchez-Newby on June 6, 2021
A poem I wrote about grandma when she came to Hawaii to live with her dementia.

Remember me
When my view begins to blur
And the stars no longer shine
When my ears forget to hear
And the music fades away

Remember me,
When your touch no longer reaches
And my soul is far away
When my mind begins to wander
And the words no longer come

When the darkness comes to set
And my voice no longer speaks

When I can’t remember you,
Remember me.

__________________________________________

I am grateful that she didn't forget us, and was able to have those she loved with her at the end.

Love you grandma.
Posted by Nancy Artica Sanchez on May 28, 2021
Best Grandma in life, when I think of you, I have the feeling of love, kindness and service, you were that and more. What an example for me, always willing to help others no matter what. You show me all the love ❤️ when I came to the United States for the first time. And when I had Jazmin and Aarón I remember you help a lot with them singing and dancing because you love to do that. For me you are the best cooker in life. I will love you for ever Grandma Julie. Hasta el cielo te mando un beso y un gran abrazo !! Te amo por siempre ♥️♥️
Posted by Julieann Hendrickson on May 28, 2021
Every time I think of Mom I think of music. We sang everywhere, doing dishes or walks everywhere we went. That habit was picked up by me and my kids and now my kids and their kids. A wonderful legacy that will continue on. We will miss you joining in. Yes, even with the spoons. So grateful to have an eternal family
Posted by Green Tie on May 27, 2021
A great mom always willing to help others. She was always ready to go on a great adventure!!

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Posted by Erin Hammer on June 14, 2021
When I was a kid, I was probably about 5 or 6, Grandma came to visit. We were living at the Marble Ct or Circle, can’t remember the exact name now. It was later in the afternoon, after she arrived, I went down to the large playground that was near our house. I decided to swing on the swing set, however, the swing set seats were a little too high for me at the time, and there were large at least large to me at the time, Red and Black Ant hills. These Ants were huge and they were everywhere and under every swing seat. If I wanted to swing I had to kind of run and jump onto the swing set and hope I didn’t get any ants on me. Well it just so happened that this particular time, I got stung/bit by a Red ant in between the toes on my right foot. Man that pain was something else, I started crying and then ran all the way back to the house. Grandma was inside doing something, and being the nurse she immediately asked what was wrong. I told her that I got bit by an ant, she then asked me why I didn't have any shoes on, I told her I had shoes but that I didn’t know how to tie my shoes (I guess at the time I didn’t put two and two together, that if you wear shoes you will not get stung). She then had me go get my shoes, she told me that she was going to teach me how to tie my shoes so that I could go play and not worry about the Ants. She then sat me in her lap, and spent the next 10-15 minutes teaching me how to tie my shoes. I still tie them the exact same way today. Now every time I tie them, it reminds me of her and how the smallest things can have the most impact on a persons life. My life changed that day, and Grandma, I have not been bit by an ant in between my toes since then. I love you Grandma!
Posted by Debra Hammer on June 11, 2021
Julie, loved playing the spoons and teaching my children how to do it too. One of my last visits with her was to help her get her sewing machine threaded and teach her how her new machine worked. She was making curtains. She loved sewing and we talked about it many times. She actually pierced my ears for me when she lived in Newburg, OR. She did a great job and i have enjoyed wearing my earrings for many years. She let us bottow her old green car for awhile when we lived in Tacoma because our car was on the fritz. She truly was a very giving person and loved to tell stories. She will be very missed by all who knew her. Mom, rest in peace and know you are truly loved.
Posted by Green Tie on June 11, 2021
Obituary with their mission picture in the Manti Messenger.

Julia Hammer, 87 of Manti, Utah, passed away peacefully in Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii, May 24, 2021. Loving Wife of Dean L Hammer; Beloved and Adventurous Mother of Bruce (Faye) Hammer of Manti, Utah, Laura (Bill) Altig of Culver, Oregon, and Julieann (Andy) Hendrickson of Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii and Grandmother and Great-Grandmother to many, many adoring Grandkids. She was born in a loving home to Casper and Mary (Smith, Ohlsson) VanDeGraaff in Ogden, Utah. Julia worked throughout her life as an LPN/X-ray Tech/Lab Tech. She also was able to serve a wonderful LDS mission with her husband Dean at Cove Fort, Utah. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Manti City Cemetery.
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Walks with grandma

Shared by Michelle Sanchez-Newby on June 6, 2021
         Something that people always knew about grandma, was that she was always active. As a child, I remember coming home from school and going for walks with grandma. Every day, if it wasn't too wet, we would go for a walk around Dayton. Grandma had a regular circuit figured out, around the home with emu in their yard, the egg house where we got fresh eggs, the inground Koi pool/pond, the old man with lemon heads, the big bridge, and the pasture with cows who we would feed carrots. Grandma was friendly and loved to be outside, these walks were a way we connected to our community and with each other. 
         Another common walk was to the local cemetery. There, we would bring our little red wagon and clean up the graves. Grandma would send us out to collect sticks and then we would bring them home and throw them in the outdoor fireplace we had. We would then roast little smokies, ( a favorite of grandmas) or hot dogs, or whatever. She said we were doing the cemetery a favor because we wanted to keep it clean for the families of those that were there, and it helped us because we could have wood for our campfire. 
        The Sunday before she passed away, we were taking a walk, Kyle pushing her in her wheelchair. A sudden downpour caused Kyle to run her back to the house in the wheelchair. The next day, when talking to her Hospice nurse, she told him she had run all the way home in the rain, "I didn't know these old legs could still run!" Even to the end, she enjoyed being outside going for walks with family, I appreciate that time we had to spend together as a family. 

A new Jacket

Shared by Kyle Newby on June 6, 2021
I don't think I had known Grandma for very long. It was before Michelle and I were married, that is for sure. But I remember visiting grandma and she presented me with a leather jacket. She said that she saw it and thought I could probably use a jacket. I remember being stunned. I didn't know this energetic old lady, and she knew nothing about me beyond the fact that I was engaged to her grandaughter. But here she was, giving me a jacket, because she thought me, a virtual stranger, could use it. This defined Grandma. She always was there when we needed a place to stay or a warm meal. And she purchased more clothes for me than I ever purchased for myself. Grandma spent her time thinking about others, and how she could help. I hope to be able to look outside myself and see how I might lift those I love, whether it is with a smile, a hug, or the occasional new jacket.

Learning together

Shared by Savannah Sanchez on June 6, 2021
There’s a lot of things I remember about Grandma, but I think about things I learned from her growing up. Grandma taught me how to sew as a teenager. I wanted a cape for Halloween for my costume and I went to Grandma. 

Together we went through the patterns and found what I needed. Then we went and bought material and supplies. When we got back I had expected her to pretty much do most of the work because I didn’t really know what I was doing, but Grandma had other plans. 

She showed me where to pin the pattern and then insisted I cut and pin it myself. “You’ll never learn how to do it if I do it for you” she said. Once that part of was done I went to her again, expecting her to sew it since I hadn’t really used a sewing machine before. Once more she showed me the basics, threading the needle, adjusting the foot, and then where to line up the material. 

“Don’t rush” she instructed as I was working. “That’s how you get a needle through your finger.”  If there was one thing Grandma was really good at it was letting you know exactly what you were in for if you didn’t listen. 

Most of the following Halloween’s I would have more things I’d want to make and I would get some instruction and she would put me to work. Eventually I needed less and less help, but she would always be close by just in case.