Memorial services for Lorraine E. Hammer, 86, Lawrence, KS, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (2104 Bob Billings Parkway) in Lawrence, KS. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. She died on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born on September 10, 1924 in Rydal, KS, the daughter of Archie B. and Ida E. Cartmel Carpenter. She moved to Lawrence from Claflin, KS in 1945.
Mrs. Hammer was a 1948 graduate of the Kansas University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
She retired after 31 years of service in the Physiology and Cell Biology Department of the University of Kansas. She was a certified member of the Electron Microscopy Society.
Since 1946, Mrs. Hammer was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a member of the Lutheran Women’s League of the church. She was also a member of the KU Alumni Association, the Gold Medal Club, the KU Retirees Club, Honorary Mortar Board Alumni and the Advisory Board of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was a 42 year member of the Cosmopolitan Pals, and a member of IK Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood.
She was married to Lucian B. “Lou” Hammer on February 7, 1947 in Claflin, KS. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons; Robert (wife, Malinda) Hammer, of Thousand Oaks, CA, Gary (wife Julie) Hammer, of Lawrence, KS, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Lou Gilpin.
The family suggests memorials in her name to the Immanuel Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com