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Lois Lucille Hamar

August 29, 1931 - December 23, 2018


Lois Lucille Hamar, 87, of Salem, died at home in her sleep December 23, 2018, with family by her side.

Descendent from Oregon pioneers, she was born in Elmira, Oregon, the youngest daughter of Louis Franklin Hamar and Bonnie Hager Hamar. Her parents and four sisters – Thelma Edmiston, Eloise Bowder, Bernice Kirk and Elma Koehler – all preceded her in death. Her survivors include dozens of adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In her own words: “Most of my growing up was accomplished on a small farm nestled in the hills of the Coast Range (Nashville), in an area first settled by my great-grandfather (James Hamar) in 1862.”

After graduating from Eddyville High School, her love of sports led her to the University of Oregon in 1949, where she joined the field hockey and volleyball teams and was belatedly awarded her letter for those sports in 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1953 and her Master’s in 1966. Until 1974, she taught physical education then became a counselor, a position she held until she retired. Her school districts included Drain, Cottage Grove, Central (Independence) and Roseburg. She volunteered for 16 years at Salem Hospital and was a member of the teaching honor sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma.

She had been a longtime member of the Court Street Christian Church in Salem. She was a founding member of the Friends of Ritner Creek Bridge, a group that helps preserve Polk County’s only covered bridge, built by her uncle, Charles Otis Hamar.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 a.m. January 5 at Court Street Christian Church in Salem. Virgil T. Golden is handling funeral arrangements.

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