Barbara L.  Hammond
Barbara L. Hammond

May 25, 1931 - May 3, 2018
Resided in Plainfield, Indiana


Barbara Lee Hammond, 86, of Plainfield, Indiana, formerly of Paris, Illinois, peacefully passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Plainfield.

Barbara was born on May 25, 1931, in Riverton Nebraska. As a young girl her father decided to move his family to Idaho where they settled in the small town of Buhl. Barbara graduated from Buhl High School in 1948. She loved journalism and helped produce the annual year books. Music and dance were favorite activities and it was at a dance that she met her husband to be, Dean. They dated for a period of time and then were married on September 18, 1949. As a young family they lived in various communities in southeast Idaho and Barbara faithfully supported Dean as he diligently worked the soil to provide for his family. While living in Heyburn Idaho she and another mother or two determined the community needed little league baseball for their young boys. Heading the effort, she was able to secure land for a ball field, equipment for the games and sponsors for the teams. After much effort the Heyburn Idaho Little League had begun. This was just a sample of the service, time, talent and effort she would put forth in helping her community, friends and families. She developed a great love for family history work and over the years became extremely knowledgeable in this area even owning her own genealogical business “Tre-Search.” She was the Director of the Edgar County Genealogical Society and also served as the Family History director for her church. She became a devoted and expert genealogist searching not only her family lines, but also helped hundreds of others to find and connect with their ancestors as well.

Through the years, career moves for Dean saw her living in California, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois. Each move was a new adventure with challenges to conquer and opportunities to grow. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Barbara found opportunities to serve church members, neighbors, friends and families wherever she lived. For her it was a service of love and a deep desire to help others reach their full potential. Countless lives were blessed by her love and kindness.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marion Dean Hammond, her parents Reid and Caroline Williams and sisters Vivian Neumann and Vida Rowe. She is survived by her children Kathlene Ann (Dan Burrow) of Oakhurst, California; Rocky Dean (Susan Holman) Hammond, of Rexburg, Idaho; Michieal Eugene (Alverda Cotonuts) Hammond of Plainfield, Indiana and Candace Lee (David Long) of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At the loss of her beloved husband, Barbara moved to an assisted living community in Plainfield, Indiana and once again served others through simple acts of kindness and love. She is surely missed but shall never be forgotten because she was, is and eternally will be, the beloved matriarch of the family.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionary fund, or the Paris Historical Society or simply help a friend in need.

Services celebrating her life were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris, with Presidents Jeffrey Stowell and Duriah Delp officiating. Other service participants included Dan and Kathy Burrow, Jason, Jeremy, Michael, Michieal, and Ryan Hammond, and McKenzie Parson. Music was provided by Tiffany Ipsen, pianist, Janeen Hammond, chorister, and Joshua and Ashley Burrow, vocalists. Burial followed in Edgar Cemetery, with grave dedication by Rocky Hammond. Casket bearers were Jeremiah and Joshua Burrow, Luke Cofax, Jeremy and Ryan Hammond, Kaiden and Matt Hinds, and Nels Hoover. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

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Templeton Funeral Home in Paris
600 East Court Street
Paris, IL 61944
Thursday, May 10, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Templeton Funeral Home in Paris
600 East Court Street
Paris, IL 61944
Thursday, May 10, 2018
11:00 AM