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Dorothy “Dottie” Rose Hammer
March 5, 1934 – December 26, 2015

Salem – Dottie, 81, died Saturday, December 26 in Salem after a courageous battle with ALS. She was born and raised in Sublimity, and has been a long time resident of Salem.  Dottie loved life, especially her grandchildren and spoiling them. She made friends with everyone she met and was very compassionate, selfless and known to send cards for every occasion.

As with everything in life, Dottie took on her very aggressive ALS with courage and fight. She continued to encourage others with her strong faith and strived to keep a sense of humor throughout her illness. Her family could not be more proud of the example she continued to set during her toughest days.

Dottie took pride in her immaculate yard and bountiful garden.  She grew towering corn, sunflowers and roses. She enjoyed watching and feeding the hundreds of wild birds that visited her bird feeders daily. Dottie enjoyed frequent trips to the coast and visiting light houses. She loved her times reminiscing and visiting Silver Creek Falls State Park, where her family had a homestead where she was born. She enjoyed sharing stories and memories about growing up in her logging and farming family.

Dottie worked as an administrative assistant at a law office, the Bureau of labor, Oregon State Marine Board, and later as a secretary at First Christian Church in Salem. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem.

Dottie is survived by: her loving companion of 30 years: Tim Brown of Keizer; children: Laurie (Dale) Luoma of Bend; John (Kathi) Hammer of Salem and Mike (Sheryl) Hunter of Tualatin; sister: Lorraine (Eddie) Weible of Sublimity; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be Wednesday from 12-9 pm at North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton. Recitation of Rosary will be Wednesday at 7:30 pm and Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10:30 am both at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity, with interment to follow at St. Boniface Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington Chapter. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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