Marie Hammond, 81, Eicher Arts Center co-founder

By on January 21, 2015

Marie O. Hammond, 81, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away Monday Jan. 5, 2015 at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas.

Born in Minneapolis Minn., she was the daughter of Victor and Carrie Olson. She was married for 53 years to her husband, Clinton Hammond, who preceded her in death.

Marie was a graduate of South High School in Minneapolis and received her bachelor’s degree at Millersville University. She worked for many years at Denver & Ephrata Telephone Company and retired from Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L). After retiring from PP&L, Marie was a substitute teacher in the Lancaster area. She attended Mill Creek Bible Church, Lancaster, for many years.

With her husband she was a founding member of the Eicher Arts Center, Ephrata, and was involved in Ephrata Playhouse in the Park theater. She was involved in many other projects centered around theater mostly geared toward children including touring Scandinavia with her husband as “Mother Goose.” She was very creative, loved children, and created with her husband many professional puppets, marionettes and theater props. She also loved to write poetry and self-published two children’s stories, including the “Stephen’s Green Dragon” which highlights the Ephrata Green Dragon Farmer’s Market.

Marie is survived by two children: Stephen T. Hammond of Longview Wash.; and Penelope Erika Welling of Henderson New.; stepson: John C. Olson of Coon Rapids Minn.; and five grandchildren: Heather Arens; Jacob, Nathan, Andrew and David Hammond; and a great-granddaughter: Hailey Hammond.

Marie’s wishes were to be interred with her husband at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at a later date in Lancaster.

Arrangements were handled by Groff Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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