Margaret Mary Hammack, 87, of Philippi, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Broaddus Hospital, following an extended illness.
She was born Dec. 17, 1942, at Galloway, Barbour County, a daughter of the late Michael Malahavic (McKar) and the late Anna Helen Malunak Malahavic (McKar).
On Oct. 10, 1948, she was married to Van John Hammack Sr., who preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1984.
Surviving are three daughters, Anna Lou Stemple and husband, "Danny," of Philippi, Deborah Sue Bishop and husband, Paul, of Ridgecrest, Calif., and Sally Marie Hammack, with whom she made her home; one son, Van John Hammack Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; two granddaughters, Stephanie Stemple of Clarksburg and Laura Morrison and husband, Josh, of Philippi; one great-grandson, Dayton Morrison of Philippi; two nephews, Edward Trojan of Haddenfield, N.J., and James Trojan of Erie, Pa., and her extended family, her loving caregivers, Zvezdana Vlasic, Vicky Malcolm, Rose Daugherty, Mary Carder and Connie Brown.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Ray Hammack and an infant son; and by one sister, Katherine Trojan.
Mrs. Hammack was a 1943 graduate of Philippi High School. She had been employed as assistant manager of Cassity's Grocery in Brownton and had worked in a defense plant during World War II. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth Altar and Rosary Society and Philippi Chapter 41 Order of the Eastern Star.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, from St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. Jim O'Connor will officiate and interment will follow in Cross Roads Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 until 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 until 10 a.m. Thursday. A rosary will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.
Stemple & Forman Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.