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Hamaker, Elsie Theresa (Fehst)

January 29, 1921 –
 April 8, 2021

Obituary

Elsie Theresa Fehst Hamaker, age 100, died at Faith Presbyterian Hospice on April 8, 2021. Elsie was born January 29, 1921 in Christopher, Illinois, and served as a nurse in the United States Navy in Hawaii during World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She lived in South Dakota for close to 30 years before moving to Richardson, TX in the mid-1980’s.

Elsie dearly loved nursing and went into private practice after leaving the Navy before starting her own family. Elsie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, PEO (a philanthropic organization), and a long-time volunteer at the Richardson Senior Center. She received the Outstanding Older Texan Award in May, 2000, the Richardson Senior Center’s Volunteer of the Year award in November, 2000, and was chosen as Richardson’s Super Mom in 2008, a contest run by the Dallas Morning News’ NeighborsGo section.

Elsie is survived by seven daughters, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, as well as four nieces and one nephew. Her daughters include Linda Schwegman, Janice Shockley, Kay Hamaker, Beverly Ackerman, Donna Hamaker, Laura Sowell, and Mary Hamaker. Elsie was preceded in death by her father and mother Karl and Antonie Fehst, and brother Walter Fehst.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, 271 Walton Street Richardson, TX on Friday, May 28, 2001 at 2 PM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only about 50 people will be allowed in the church, and all attendees MUST wear a mask.  Family members will have first priority for in-person attendance.  For those who do not wish to wear a mask or others wishing to view the service, it will be live-streamed on the church’s Facebook page. Interment will be at the DFW National Ceremony earlier in the day for family members only.

 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to:

  • Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.

The Myasthenia Gravis Organization  (https://myasthenia.org)

290 Turnpike Road, Suite 5-315,

Westborough, MA 01581

Or

  • The Lighthouse for the Blind

www.dallaslighthouse.org

4306 Capitol Avenue

Dallas, TX 75204

Or

  • Cottey College

c/o Jane Wells, Treasurer P.E.O Chapter DO

6301 Misty Trail

Dallas, TX 75248

 

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

 

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

3 Thoughts on Hamaker, Elsie Theresa (Fehst)
    Julie Hull DuMay
    6 May 2021
    2:06pm

    Your mother was a wonderful and special woman. How lucky you are to have shared your life with her!

    Jill Duffy
    7 May 2021
    10:07am

    Kay, praying for comfort and peace for you and your family

    Carol (Cookie) Cupit
    9 May 2021
    1:41pm

    You were an inspiration to all of your PEO sisters
    You will be missed

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