Obituaries: Hammond; Allen

*Hammond* David L. Hammond, 85, passed peacefully at his home in Thermopolis, Friday, April 15, 2016. He was born September 14, 1930 to George R. and Lucy (Dunsworth) Hammond in Mancos, Colorado and was the first of three children born to the couple. Attending school in Montezuma and La Plata counties, he graduated from Durango High School in 1948. On February 4, 1951 he married Eileen Richards of Bayfield, CO. They had three children, David, Georgeanne and John. In 1953 the family moved to Farmington, NM. Dave worked a variety of jobs centered around the oilfields in the Four Corners with Allen Construction, then worked for Atlantic Richfield in the Horseshoe Gallup Field. In 1970 he was transferred to Hamilton Dome, WY. After 20 years with Atlantic Richfield he retired and moved to Thermopolis. Later, he worked at the local IGA Store. During time that the family lived in Farmington, Dave was a Little League coach for over 20 years. While living in Hamilton Dome and later, Thermopolis, he was the Chamber president and a member of the Hot Springs County School Board. He was an avid golfer, bowler (WY State Secretary and member of the local Bowling Hall of Fame), and hunter, but his first love was fly fishing. He taught his kids and grandson how to fly fish, and according to several fly fishermen, he schooled them well. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen; sister, Joann Wallace; parents; and his daughter-in-law, Debbie Hammond. Survivors include his brother, Derwin (Ann) Hammond of Rochester, MN; three children, David (Kathy), Georgeanne and John, all of Thermopolis; grandson, Rob (Kylee) Hammond of Buffalo, WY; great grandkids, Will and Reeves, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 23, 4 – 6 pm, at the local VFW. On Memorial Day weekend, inurnment will be held in Bayfield, Co. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to the Hot Springs County Library, Senior Center, or a hospice of your choice. *Allen* Victoria May Hollowell Allen, 101, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a long and full life. She was born August 26, 1914 in the Panama Canal Zone to Cooper and Ida (Jordan) Hollowell. Both her father and grandfather had gone to Panama during the canal construction and stayed through retirement. Victoria graduated form Cristobal High School where she had been active as a swimmer and bowler. [image: Inline image 1] There was a brief marriage in Auburn, New York to Claud C. Sessions. Afterwards she returned to the Canal Zone working at a military depot in Ft. Davis. There she met and married Sgt. Everett J. Allen and lived the Army life making several moves throughout the country. During WWII they lived in Bluffton, Indiana and in Missoula, MT during the Korean War. At those times Victoria had full responsibility in raising the family and always found work as a bookkeeper. Following her husband’s retirement they lived in Salinas, CA. In 1976 she moved to Thermopolis to live near her son and grandchildren. She worked at the Big Horn Basin Children’s Center and the Teepee Pool. Memberships included the Does, the DAR of which she was proud of her ancestors’ participation in the Revolutionary War, and an 84 year member of the Eastern Star. She was raised as a Methodist and attended Community Church. Supporting the Senior Center she enjoyed Bingo and cards. Until a knee replacement she was an active bowler. She loved baseball, especially the Rockies and San Francisco. Her hobbies included collecting first day issue stamps, genealogy and collecting English Toby mugs. Loving to travel she visited Europe, Asia and Latin America. On her 95th birthday she revisited her home and the canal in Panama. With her zest for life she enjoyed meeting people, especially around a card table. Enjoying Thermopolis and the hot pools, she swam until her 95th birthday. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, daughter, Rita Rand, her brother, Bill Hollowell and sister, Hope Hirons. Survivors include her brother, David, Imperial Beach, CA; son, Karl (Lynn), Tucson, AZ; granddaughters, Kim Allen, Pecos, NM, Wendy (Willie) Allen-Mattias, Tucson and Vicky Berndt, Los Angeles, CA; grandsons, Bob (Susan) Berndt, Ceres, CA, and David Berndt, San Jose, CA; and great-grandchildren, Jessie & Ryan Berndt and Marcus and Nevaeh Mattias. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held at the Wyoming Pioneer Home, Thursday, April 14. #springcity #news