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Eva E. Hammond

April 21, 1922 - September 7, 2017

Obituary


Eva Emelie Hammond, 95, of Davenport passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 7, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. A celebration of Eva's life will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, September 12, at Zion Lutheran Church, 8th and Marquette Streets, Davenport. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 11, from 4-7 pm at The Runge Mortuary. Eva will be laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or WVIK-APRIS. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.therungemortuary.com. Despite having no...

Eva Emelie Hammond, 95, of Davenport passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 7, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. A celebration of Eva's life will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, September 12, at Zion Lutheran Church, 8th and Marquette Streets, Davenport. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 11, from 4-7 pm at The Runge Mortuary. Eva will be laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or WVIK-APRIS. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.therungemortuary.com. Despite having no legal record of her birth, Eva accomplished a lot in her 95 years. She was born in a little red remodeled schoolhouse to in Owatonna, Minn., a daughter of John "Ted" and Laura (Schumann) Bahnsen. She attended Owatonna schools through her sophomore year, graduating from Wyoming Iowa High School in 1940. After graduation, having received a scholarship, Eva moved to Davenport, Ia. to attend AIC Business College, graduating in 1941. She worked at Wild Appliance store as a bookkeeper prior to becoming a computer programmer at the Rock Island Arsenal. Eva was united in marriage to Kenneth Ralph Hammond on February 25, 1945, in Davenport, Ia. Ken passed away on November 15, 1982. Eva worked at the Arsenal until she and Ken started their family of three children. Eva then worked at Bendix before returning to the Arsenal, where she worked for 37 years, retiring in 1990. After retiring, Eva was an active volunteer. She attended Zion Lutheran Church for more than 75 years, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, helped with VBS and Luther League activities, played the hand bells, was church treasurer, a teller, a quilter, belonged to a circle and involved in many other activities. She also volunteered at WVIK reading for the blind, worked in the gift shop and produced the newsletter for the Arsenal Historical Society, tutored students getting their GED through the Career Assistance Center, worked in the gift shop at Vander Veer Botanical Center, was a tax aide for AARP into her 90s and volunteered for other organizations, too many to name. Eva was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and a great-great-granddaughter. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Janice (Dick Hesseling) Hamburg of Cartersville, Ga., Paul (Marit) Hammond of Alexandria, Va., and Lois (Harlan) Kundel of Davenport, Ia., her sister, Betty Wurst of Wyoming, Ia., brother, John (Judy) Bahnsen of Anamosa, Ia., eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.