Charlotte Hamm

Charlotte HammCharlotte Hamm, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed peacefully into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Jan. 22, 2020, at her home in Ridgecrest.

She was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Medford, Wisc. She grew up in Marshfield, Wisc., and it was there that she met her husband, Maurice Lee Hamm, at the Methodist Church.

Charlotte married Maurice on Dec. 31, 1952, while she was attending nurses’ training in Chicago. After she graduated, they moved in 1955 to China Lake, where she raised four children until she was able to continue her career as a registered nurse.

She first worked at the China Lake Dispensary on the base and then at Ridgecrest Community Hospital. There she wore many hats, including head nurse on B-Wing, where she loved taking care of babies and their mothers.

After a work-related injury, she decided to approach the county with the idea of creating a health careers class for the community; the county agreed. She taught the ROP Health Careers class at Burroughs High School and retired after 18 years of teaching and creating health careers for countless people who took her class. Nothing gave her more joy than giving back.

Never one to sit idle, she was also very active in the kids’ activities, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, IWV Swim Team, baseball and Jobs Daughters. You name it and she was always interested and participating. She loved to dance with her husband and spent hours fishing with each of us. She was also involved with the Masonic Lodge, where she was a leader in White Shrine and Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband, Maurice; children, Jeffery Hamm (Cecelia), Susan (Hamm) Hess (Gus Hess), Michael Hamm (Natalie) and Steve Hamm (Camryn); sisters, Mary Lou Kohl and Ruth Wagner; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Porter and Charlotte Greenwood; sisters, Betty Altendorf and Grace Michaelsen; and great-grandson, Parker Landis.

Per her wishes, Charlotte was cremated and her ashes will be buried at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest.

A memorial service will be held on March 28 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1350 S. Downs St.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a nursing scholarship that is being set up in Charlotte’s name. Details will follow. Additionally, if you have pictures and stories for the Hamm family memory book, please email suehess@q.com or Jeff Hamm at igotagame4u @gmail.com.

— Submitted by the family of Charlotte Hamm

Story First Published: 2020-02-14