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Dorothy Hammer (Parshall, CO Businesswoman)
January 11, 1925 - May 3, 2011
Dorothy Hammer, 86, died at her home in Parshall, Colorado on May 3, 2011. She passed away peacefully in her cozy store front home in the Rocky Mountains.
Born January 11, 1925, in Armstrong, Iowa to the parents of Olaf & Vera Iverson. Dorothy's family tree extends far, with deep roots from Norway and to the British Royal family where her grandmother's cousin was a Lady In Waiting to Queen Victoria. Dorothy was the oldest of four children; Cloris Jean Stoll, Virginia Bash (deceased), and Bill Iverson (deceased).
Dorothy married Khazal Mohammad Ali Al-Hammer in 1947 in Casper, Wyoming. Dorothy and Khazal settled in Westminster, Colorado and they made it their mission to populate the City. Having eight children, four girls and four boys, Dorothy and Khazal successfully put Westminster on the map.
In 1974, this blonde haired Norwegian-English woman with stunning blue-eyes and her tall, dark and handsome husband took on a new adventure, leaving Westminster, Colorado to experience the culture of Khazal's boyhood home in Hillah, Iraq. After a couple of years, they moved back to Colorado settling in Arvada.
While living in Westminster as a mother and wife, Dorothy kept the city in style with the 1950's Beauty Salon that she owned and operated. Always the entrepreneur, Dorothy and Khazal left the city life that they turned into a baby boomtown for the peaceful mountain town of Parshall, Colorado in the early 1980's. They found gold alongside the Colorado River as the proprietors of the Parshall General Store & Dry Run Liquor Store, the Motel and the Post Office building. After her husband Khazal passed in 1994, Dorothy kept the town she loved so much stocked with much more than groceries and candy for the kids; she kept a kind, warm heart for all those who rang the General Store bell and walked through her doors. She engaged all those who crossed her path with her sharp wit and humor. All her customers were her friends and her friends were like family.
Dorothy was an avid bowler and official member of the PBA - not the Professional Bowlers Association but the "Parshall Bowlers Association". Although not a real association, it was real for her and her bowling team called "Just Us". They were a second family for her, another addition to her ever expanding extended family. This would be her last year bowling because she wanted to leave on top, just like the Bronco's Quarterback, John Elway, did.
She was such a fan of Colorado Sports (Nuggets basketball team, Rockies Baseball team, Bronco Football team and the Avalanche Hockey team). Anyone that came into her store knew if the game was playing because the TV behind her counter was either on with the sports games or if no sports were on playing, she was watching her old Western movies.
Orphaned in the great depression due to her parents passing, Dorothy always made the best out of the little things she had. Her motto, "as long as I have food and can pay my bills, that is all that matters" were words that she lived by during all of her 86 years. Dorothy gave so much of herself to anyone in need and to her beloved family, which has grown over the years, to include her three sons, Jimmy Hammer & K.C. Hammer, both of Kremmling and Ali Hammer (Mary Ann) of Craig, six daughters, Sue-Sue Hoffman (Danny), Laila Urban (Alan) both from Westminster, Najat Wood (Randy) of Aurora, Donna Comegys (Bob) and Barbara Cumpton (Fran), both of Iowa, numerous grandchildren (31), great-grandchildren (36) and great, great-grandchildren (7); and she is preceded in death by her son Saad Hammer (37), daughter Diana Janvrin (43) and grandchildren Saadia Hammer (28) and Dylan Janvrin (16).
She will be celebrated by the community, her friends and loving family who will greatly miss this very special lady and a lady she was.
A Celebration service of Dorothy Hammer will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm, at the Inn at SilverCreek, 62927 US Highway 40, Granby, CO 80446-9322
Friday, May 13th, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Grand County Mortuary
Saturday, May 14th, 2011 1:30pm, Convention Center at SilverCreek
Grand Lake Cemetery
We will certainly miss Dorothy. My kids LOVED going to her store to see her and always knew she would offer them candy. If I came in with just one of the kids (which I was in trouble for when the one left to home found out) Dorothy always would say, take one home for your brother or take one to your sister. She spoiled the kids as if they were her own. We would stop every year, usually on Sunday's, and ask her if we could pick her beautiful lilac's from the yard. She was always so accommodating and told me how she enjoyed watching the kids running around picking the flowers. My kids, 8 & 6, understand very well what happened as they just lost their beloved Grandpa in March. It has saddened them to know they won't see her again but they also know she's in good hands. Our deepest sympathy goes out to each and everyone one of you in her extended family. She was a very wonderful, giving person and I am honored to have known her for over 15 years.
Tim, Kris, Alex & Ellie Holinka May 20 2011 12:00 AM
I went to Grand County this weekend to say goodbye to a very special friend. For over twenty years she has been a true friend, an inspiration, and a good "roommate" for a whole lot of bowling trips. With all the people her kindness has touched, friends and family, she will be with us in our hearts and minds for as long as any of us live. But "Just Us" will not be the same. We love you Dorothy.
Sharon Fisher May 16 2011 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Some of my best child hood memories are at my aunt Dorthy's house. Over all these years whenever your mom would pass through my thought's it made me smile. My heart cries for all of you. I hope your mom & my dad are bowling a good game. Much love and many thought's coming your way, Peace, Susan & Family
Susan Iverson Cordova May 15 2011 12:00 AM
Your mom came into my life when I was 12 years old. I have many great memories of that time. Over the many years we made more memories. All was always well with us. Even though life has it's ups and downs your mom moved on to a good long life and a wonderful family. She is at peace now and with those who went before her. Rest in peace. With much love, your aunt Joann
Joann Iverson May 15 2011 12:00 AM
Every Saturday was laundry day. It was a whole days job doing laundry for ten people. Not just clothes but sheets, blankets, towels, and what ever. We would gather it all up in baskets, and clothes bags and carry it 2 blocks down to the laundry mat. WE would usually take up 10 washers and all there dryers after it was all sorted and started washing we would go to the drug store around the corner and buy a candy bar pop and a magazine you always bought True story or True Romance and i would get a Archie comic book. then back to the laundry mat to watch the laundry and read our magazines and eat and drink our treats. It was usually just the two of us I always felt so special cause that was our time. It was hard work but i didn't care because I had you all to myself and we would talk. Just to be alone with you was special. I Love you mom. Najat
najat wood May 14 2011 12:00 AM
We want you all to know how much we will miss Dorothy. I had so much fun bowling with her one summer, of course I was her handicap and she was amazing. We always enjoyed stopping in to the store when we lived there and seeing her and her great smile. We wish we could be there with you, but want you to know we are thinking and praying for each and every one of you, Our thoughts are with you, Hugs, Sue and Boone
Sue and Boone Schutt May 13 2011 12:00 AM
Im not real sure how old i was but i remember all of us kids must have been driving you crazy and you would tell us to be good or you would run away. well we must have still been bad cause you got your suitcase and started walking down the street . we were all chasing after you crying when we caught up with you we found out your suitcase was empty. its funny now but this time you are gone without your suitcase and we cant chase you and make you come home . i love you mommy maybe now you will have the peace and quit you so deserve. all my love najat
najat wood May 12 2011 12:00 AM
My prayers are with the family during this trying time.
Rose Hadlock Netto May 12 2011 12:00 AM
Ken and I would like to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Hammer Family and many dear friends. Dorothy touched a lot of people in the community with her generosity, graciousness, and over all big heart. As owner of the Parshall General Store, Dorothy wanted to provide the community with affordable shopping and a small town country feeling of friendliness. We are going to miss Dorothy tremendously. She loved it when friends would stop in to just chat, didn't matter what about. She was patient and a good listener. As a part time employee who covered for her while she went on her bowling trips or family events, I can say that everyone who came in expected to see Dorothy behind the counter. "Where's Dorothy", all would ask. She never wanted anyone fussing over her. As far as she was concerned she was fine and lived her many days with that attitude. I am going to miss my shopping buddy. We spent many a day doing our, Denver Run, as we called it. Shopping for the store. The big highlight at the end of the day was stopping off to have a bite to eat someplace. She liked Red Lobster. I've wondered how she did it all, I was so worn out at the end of the day. But, I know she did it not because she had to but that she wanted to for everyone else. That store and bowling were her livelihood. I hope I can have that much stamina as Dorothy had. We will surely miss a wonderful lady.
Ken and Helen Fox May 10 2011 12:00 AM