Novella Hammack 1931-2012

Posted on March 7th in Obituaries

Novella Hammack, 80, a long-time Prineville resident, died March 1 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital.

Novella was born in Hines March 23, 1931, to Arthur and Helen (Jones) Van Alstine.

She attended and graduated from Burns High School with the class of 1949.

She met her future husband, Willard Hammack, at the Burns bowling alley. They were married in the Lutheran Church in Hines Oct. 29, 1950. They had three daughters. Novella later went to Portland Oregon Vocational, training as a secretary.

Novella worked for Harney County Extension Service in Burns. Later, in 1967, she moved to Prineville and became co-proprietor of the Tastee-Treat. After selling that business in 1972, she worked for several years at the First Interstate Bank (aka Wells Fargo) as vault teller.

Novella enjoyed the outdoors and especially fishing trips to the Owyhee River. She was especially fond of birds and had many bird feeders and bird houses around the yard at which she could watch them congregate. Novella enjoyed sewing and tole painting. She enjoyed watching the sports channel and playing cards with her family, especially pinochle and cribbage.

As a long-time member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, she was active as the church secretary for several years and with the Ladies Aid & Circle groups. She volunteered and baked homemade goodies for bake sales to support the church needs and charities.

She was a loving caregiver and looked after her aging father for several years prior to his death. She could regularly be seen at the Crook County Senior Center lunching with him.

Novella is survived by her husband, Willard; brother, Arthur Van Alstine of Oregon City; daughters, Patricia Jones (Claire) of Huntsville, Ala., Jenifer St. Mars of Vancouver, Wash., and Sharen Nelson of Prineville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Prineville on Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m. Pastor Barbara Punch will officiate.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers in her behalf may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association — Central Oregon Chapter, 1135 SW Highland Ave., Redmond, OR 97756.

Arrangements are in the care of Prineville Funeral Home.

Visit: www.PrinevilleFuneral to share memories or express condolences by signing the online guest book.

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