Linda Sue Hammer
June 21, 1941  -  September 25, 2018

Linda Sue Hammer

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HarperTalasek Funeral Home
506 N 38th St
Killeen, TX  76543
Monday, October 8, 2018
6:30-8:00 P.M.
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Linda Sue McDonough was born on June 21st, 1941 in Clarksville, Texas to Louie Thomas and Velma May Gist McDonough.

She was the middle child of three beautiful daughters. They were “Shelby Lou, Linda Sue and Betty, too”. Linda attended school in Clarksville and was an exceptional student and played the clarinet in the 'Fighting Tiger' marching band.

In 1958 Linda married high school sweetheart Paul William Hammer also of Clarksville and in 1959 she gave birth to Paula Robin followed by Timothy William in 1964. She found she loved motherhood and doted on her two babies. She was a room mother and served as PTA president while the children were in elementary school. Linda attended every school function, choir concert, little league game in which her children were involved Always encouraging and proud of even the smallest accomplishment.

After Robin married and Tim graduated high school, Linda and Paul divorced. Linda then began a working career in her early 40's. She worked as a a secretary in a lawyer's office in Clarksville. Linda married Tommy Bottoms in 1984. They moved to Killeen shortly after and Linda took a job as a secretary at the flight training helicopter simulator on Ft. Hood. She loved her work there and reluctantly left for a new position as a secretary at Carl R.Darnall Army Hospital's Dept. of Psychiatry. Linda and Tommy divorced in 1993.

Linda proved to be a staunch defender of the rights and dignity of the patients there and worked every day to provide outstanding and equal treatment for all service members.

She was blessed with five grandchildren Melissa Tucker, Samantha Ferguson, Matthew Welch, Pierce Hammer and Cole Hammer. She gave them love and was always proud and quick to expound on how marvelous they were. It seemed that none of her grandchildren ever misbehaved when in her company, at least that's what she said.

She rescued and numerous dogs, some sight unseen and they became instant members of the family. She loved them all and overfed them all. Linda was a life long Democrat and never shied away from a political debate.

She loved yard work, painting, and any other home improvement task She feared nothing. Linda loved bingo, Blue Bell ice cream, her family and friends and laughter.
When her physical strength began to fail and she was diagnosed with ALS, she faced the disease with a fierce dignity. She never said 'why me' but said she had 77 good years and no regrets. Linda passed away in the care of her daughter Robin and her loving daughter in law Erin Pierce Hammer.

Linda's kindness and strength will be missed by her family and friends and those she helped through life's tribulations. The world was a better place because she was in it.

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  1. Megan Steverding
    Houston, TX

    My earliest recollections of Ms. Linda were through stories my mother, Mary Ann, would try in earnest to recreate for my ears to enjoy. Inevitabely as she would approach the end my mother would sputter out the best part of the story, the punchline nearly drowned out by laughter. That was the power of Linda. She had the ability to draw you in through the telling of tales that were often taken from her own life and personal observations but that we could relate to esdily. She told her stories with a realness and a frankness that made you feel okay to be human and okay to laugh about that such fate. She had that sort of wicked sense of humor that could cure most ails. Perhaps the only thing better than hearing the stories secondhand from my mother was to hear them directly from the source. The anticipation I had for the stories end, was not just for the sound of my own laughter but for that of my mother and Linda whom almost always would finding themselves overwhelmed simultaneously with the joy of some gaff either one or the both of them had made. I felt apart of it too. I felt apart of their little club of cock-eyed optomists. And I am so very thankful for her having been apart if this planet.

  2. Megan Steverding
    Houston, TX

    My earliest recollections of Ms. Linda were through stories my mother, Mary Ann, would try in earnest to recreate for my ears to enjoy. Inevitabely as she would approach the end my mother would sputter out the best part of the story, the punchline nearly drowned out by laughter. That was the power of Linda. She had the ability to draw you in through the telling of tales that were often taken from her own life and personal observations but that we could relate to esdily. She told her stories with a realness and a frankness that made you feel okay to be human and okay to laugh about that such fate. She had that sort of wicked sense of humor that could cure most ails. Perhaps the only thing better than hearing the stories secondhand from my mother was to hear them directly from the source. The anticipation I had for the stories end, was not just for the sound of my own laughter but for that of my mother and Linda whom almost always would finding themselves overwhelmed simultaneously with the joy of some gaff either one or the both of them had made. I felt apart of it too. I felt apart of their little club of cock-eyed optomists. And I am so very thankful for her having been apart if this planet.

  3. shelby hutchens
    reno, TX

    dearest sister, a part of my life's blood and my closest friend, we were and are so blessed to be a part of three sisters who are so close now and forever---I put no period

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  5. Suzanne Reichert
    Austin, TX

    To all of Linda’s family and friends I send my love and prayers. No words are adequate to comfort you in your sadness. I worked with Linda from 1993 until she retired from Federal Service. She had a great spirit and was always willing to help anyone who needed her help. She had great love of family and others and I will miss her laughter and her joyful love of life. God bless you all. Suzanne Reichert

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