Shine Your Light Down On Me!


Ola Mae Hammack


Ola Mae was born in Sayre, Oklahoma to John Smith and Myrtle Annie Smith (nee Fletcher) on June 13, 1918.  In her early youth her family moved from Oklahoma to the San Juan-Pharr area of southern Texas.

 From that part of Texas, the family migrated to the town of Buckeye, Arizona.  In that small farming community Ola Mae met an Oklahoma farm-boy named Archie Wilson Hammack. 

 Very quickly they fell in love and were married on February 20, 1934, in Buckeye.  The first years of the marriage were very difficult, working the agriculture fields and beginning to start a family.

 On January 19, 1935 Archie and Ola Mae welcomed into their world a new son, Donald Ray.  The new excitement of parenthood quickly turned to pain as their young son perished on December 15, 1935 from pneumonia.

 The sadness turned to joy, shortly thereafter, as another son arrived into this world, Teddy, followed by Jimmy, a daughter, Zeeva, and sons Jerry, and Leon.

 Ola Mae worked in the medical field as an L.V.N. in several nursing homes in Fresno, Indio, as well as Blythe, CA.

 In retirement, Ola Mae spent time with her five children, eighteen grandchildren, thirty-seven great grandchildren, and eleven great-great grandchildren.

 On June 30, 2012, Ola Mae Hammack answered that one long distance phone call that we all know is coming.  That is when God requested her presence, and called her home to be with my Father, my brother, and the rest of her family.

 The celebration of the life and times of Ola Mae Hammack will be conducted at New Hope Community Church, in Clovis.  The service will begin at 10 am on Friday, July 6th.  Officiating the celebration will be Reverend Tim Rolen.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to New Hope Community Church, as well as TIP, Trauma Intervention Program.

7 Responses to Shine Your Light Down On Me!

  1. Uncle Leon and Jason,
    I just want to say thank you for the memories of Grandma!! The video was absolutely wonderful. It brought back a lot of memories and smiles. Thank you for your time and effort to do this fabulous video of the Hammack family.

    With much love and appreciation,

  2. Tammy Darby says:

    To Leon and Olamae’s family many prayers and strength as you let this fine lady join all those who have been waiting in Heaven for her, she is in good company. Know you have been blessed to have been able to spend so many wonderful years with her. Now she will wait for you and watch over all of you. God bless her soul and God bless all of yours.

    Many Blessings,
    Tammy Darby

  3. Daphne says:

    Thank You for sharing! This was an absolutely Beautiful video and a celebration of a beautiful life….. Brought some smiles and tears both! God Bless you all!

  4. George Frescholtz says:

    Wonderful trubute to your Mom

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    George & Donna Frescholtz

  5. Fontella (Kidney) Williams says:

    What a beautiful video, all of you were blessed to have had a Mother and Daddy that family meant so much to them. How you all honored them with your accomplishment is just a sign of a job well done.
    Wish I could have been there, but know that you are in my prayes, for God to comfort you all at this time. Always Fontella

  6. Teddy Gene Hammack says:

    Little Brother and Jason:
    You two did a great job putting together this tribute for Mom. It brought back many memories of Mom and our Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins, many of them now gone. I know you shed some tears as you put it together, I shed many tears as I watched it at the Church. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts in putting the project on the screen.

    Teddy G.

  7. Jeremy Hammack says:

    Grandma you were the Light that lit up the room, you had the biggest heart. I loved being around you and loved bringing my kids with me to see you. You showed me love and always had a big smile and said i love you baby those words will be stuck in my head forever . May you rest in peace I love you Grandma pls take good care of my lil girls.

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