Mary Hammond, B.S. '81

SoN Alumni Mary Hammond passed away on 3/3/14 at the age of 57.

Mary Elizabeth Hammond died peacefully on March 3, 2014 at her home in Bend, Oregon. Mary was born in Portland, Oregon on March 17, 1957 to Marjorie Frances Sandberg Hammond and Robert Lee Hammond. During her elementary school years she attended Queen of Peace School and Kenton School. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy where she was involved in choir and vocal ensembles. She enjoyed playing golf and one of her golf coaches encouraged her to become a professional golfer but she chose to pursue a career in nursing. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Oregon Health Sciences University (now OHSU) where she demonstrated strong leadership skills. She served as President of the Oregon State Student Nurses' Association and she was named Oregon Student Nurse of the Year in her senior year, 1981. Mary earned the money to complete her higher education by working as a singing waitress at the Rhinelander Restaurant in Portland. She also sang in various folk music groups throughout the Northwest. During her young adult years Mary contributed many hours of volunteer work to medical clinics where the underserved could obtain free care. It was at one of those clinics that she met fellow volunteer Doug Brenneke. Doug became her close friend and then her husband. The two of them traveled together throughout India, Nepal, Thailand, and Mexico, usually with backpacks on their backs. After graduating from nursing school Mary worked as a camp nurse for Multnomah County in the Outdoor School program. Then Mary and Doug moved to Seaside. Doug worked for Oregon State Parks and Mary continued to work as a nurse while developing her skills as a weaver, spinner, knitter, and gardener. She completed an internship in Critical Care at the Seaside Hospital and went on to manage the Critical Care Unit there. In 1991, while living in the coastal community of Warrenton, Mary and Doug welcomed their son Andy into the world. After Andy's birth, Mary taught nursing at Clatsop County Community College for a year. Then, when she and Doug moved to Tillamook so that Doug could take on new professional responsibilities, Mary became House Supervisor at the Tillamook County Hospital. In 1997 Mary and family moved to Bend. Mary began working as a staff nurse in the Medical Diagnostics Unit at St. Charles Medical Center. In 2004 she assumed the role of Clinical Supervisor of the MDU. Although she learned that she had ALS in December of 2012, Mary continued to work as long as she was physically capable of carrying out her responsibilities. She retired in June of 2013 but she stayed in close touch with her friends and colleagues from St. Charles. Throughout most of her life Mary maintained expansive vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed hiking, camping, and exploring the natural world. She devoted many hours to teaching others about plants, textiles, basketry, soap-making, and other crafts. She read extensively and shared her knowledge of literature with family and friends. Doug preceded Mary in death in November of 2013. Mary is survived by her son, Andy Brenneke; her sister Peggy Hammond and brother-in-law Alphonse Krystosek; her sister Louise Barstad; her brother and sister-in-law Mark and Tina Hammond; her stepdaughters, Holly Prochazka and Anne Margolis, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary expressly wished to thank Drs. Chris Kelley, Sid Henderson, Laura Schaben, and Jonathan Brewer. She greatly appreciated the assistance of Betsy Paige of the ALS Association, her Caregivers from Evergreen In-Home Care and all the friends who enhanced the quality of her life throughout her last year. Mary was fond of saying, "We are all flawed. I love people, not despite their flaws, but because of their flaws." Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Oregon/Washington Chapter of ALSA (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.) A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 21530 NE Butler Market Road on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Mary expressed a wish that people wear brightly colored clothing to the celebration