August 30, 1930 ~ July 27, 2018
Mary Ann Hammerbeck of Warren, Oregon, passed from earth to heaven on Friday, July 27, 2018; the date of her 66th wedding anniversary. She was nearly 88 years old.
She was born in St. Helens, Oregon to Swedish immigrants Gunnar and Anna Levin, followed by her brother Arnold in 1932.
Mary Ann attended local schools, John Gumm (grades 1-8) and St. Helens High School. She was salutatorian of her 1948 graduating class. It was during high school that Mary Ann met her future husband, William Oscar (Bill) Hammerbeck Jr., at a church party. The son of Swedish immigrants, Bill attended Scappoose High School.
Following graduation, Mary Ann set off to Oregon State University for two years before moving to Bill’s school, University of Oregon, where they both completed their Bachelor of Science degrees in 1952. Mary Ann focused on social work, a direction which pulled at her heart strings throughout life. It mattered to her that people of all kinds felt heard, cared for and loved.
The couple married that summer on a Sunday afternoon at her church in Warren. Following Bill’s Air Force stint in Texas and Colorado, they settled in Portland, Oregon. For over 20 years while there, Mary Ann cared for Bill, the home and children: Susan, Linda, Mark (to heaven in 1963), Timothy and Todd. She extended herself in kind and gracious hospitality both at home, through their church and beyond. She loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ as well as singing and leading children in song.
In the 1980’s, Bill and Mary Ann moved back to their roots and settled in Warren. She continued to embrace kind hospitality in whatever ways Bill would dream up. She continued to love and serve her family…..now expanded! She continued to care for Bill until he left for heaven in 2009. He left a big hole in her heart and family.
Mary Ann leaves behind daughters Susan (David) Page of Scappoose, Linda (Jim) Morud of Warren; sons Timothy Hammerbeck of Scappoose, Todd Hammerbeck of St. Petersburg, Florida; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Warren Community Fellowship, 56523 Columbia River Hwy., Warren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Legacy Hopewell House, India National Inland Mission or a charity of one’s choice.