October 8, 1930 ~ October 29, 2020

Born in: Claremont, SD
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Dorothy Mae Hammond, 90, passed away Oct. 29, 2020. Survived by children, Leslie (Bill) Barnes, Steve (Renay) Hammond and Theresa (Bill) Dickey; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Bill Hammond; and grandson, Taner Hammond. Dorothy was born on Oct. 8, 1930, in Claremont, S.D. and was the second of nine children. Anxious to leave South Dakota, Dorothy moved to Denver in 1954 with her sister. She began her working career at GE and that’s where she learned to play and love bridge. She met the love of her life, Bill Hammond, in Denver and they were married in 1957. Upon Bill’s graduation from DU, they moved to Pueblo. Dorothy and Bill loved Pueblo and had many wonderful friends, especially Ed and Bonnie Sajbel, and enjoyed numerous activities. They especially loved their years at the Minnequa Club and their monthly “Poker Potluck” group. Bill and Dorothy had three children, Leslie, Steve and Theresa. Dorothy was a homemaker and volunteer extra ordinaire until she returned to the work force in the early 1970’s. She held numerous positions at School District 60 until her retirement in 1990. Upon retirement, Dorothy and Bill loved to travel and saw much of the world. Dorothy was able to continue her travels after Bill’s death in 2000, with a wonderful group of ladies. She even rode a camel in Egypt on her 80th birthday! Dorothy loved travel, bridge, golf and her volunteer work at the Historical Society. She especially enjoyed a good martini with her happy hour group. Dorothy received great joy in being involved with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed but lived a long and happy life. Dorothy was a member of the Pueblo Historical Society and Eagles. A private family graveside service will be held at her request. Memorials may be made to the Pueblo Historical Society, 203 W B St, Pueblo, CO 81003 or Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO  81005. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Our love and sympathy to all of you. Dorothy was a very special friend and we will miss her.

    JoAnn and Bill Abel

  2. CandleImageI am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dorothy when I was the director of the Pueblo Heritage Museum and she volunteered for the Pueblo County Historical Society. She was a delight, always so helpful and supportive. She will be sorely missed. Again I am so sorry for your loss.
    Love to Dorothy and rest in peace….

  3. To Theresa,Steve,and Leslie, Mike and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of you mother. I have so many great memories of her growing up , and being at your house, she was very special to me and our family , our thoughts and prayers are with you all .

  4. We were truly saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

  5. In 1959 I graduated from Central and was a student at Pueblo Jr. College majoring in business. I signed up for an introductory accounting class along with 19 others. Our instructor was Bill Hammond. It was a tough course and by the end of the 2nd semester only four of us remained, but we knew accounting. Bill was charismatic and at the top of the professors and instructors that I most remember from PJC and CU. After we returned to Pueblo in retirement I volunteered with the Pueblo County Historical Society and started writing articles for the Pueblo Lore. That’s when I met Dorothy, and soon learned she was Bill’s widow. She was always busy as the librarian and took her volunteering very seriously, but was so friendly and helpful to me. When I would ask the then editor, George Williams, how to find information for a story I was writing he would say, “ask Dorothy.” For a long time I believed there were three indispensable volunteers at PCHS, George, Dorothy, and Mary Wallace. Now we have lost two of them but have been fortunate to find excellent replacements. I feel so fortunate to have known Dorothy and Bill. Both of them added joy to my life.

  6. Steve, our condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family with the loss of your mother. Our prayers and blessings are being sent your way.

  7. I was Dorothy’s neighbor for over 15 years. She was the best neighbor I ever had, a true friend that cared. I enjoyed talking to her when we were in our back yards gardening. I will miss that a lot. We helped each other when needed. She was such an amazing person I felt deep respect and admiration for her. I liked that one day I noticed her car missing, she vanished. When she got home she just said her and a friend got the urge to drive to Montana! I was amazed, that at her age she had such spontaneous adventures. She told me of trips to Europe and the Middle East. What a great life she lived. It was an honor to know such a great person.

  8. Dear Hammond Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy. Bill and Dorothy helped make our family home a “happy place” for many years and that continues today with the Flowers family. Love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you. She will be greatly missed.

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