Hammett, Virginia Elizabeth


 Virginia Elizabeth (Bashforth) Hammett, 80, wife of the Rev. Edward S. Hammett, passed away Dec. 17, 2011, at home with family members at her side. Her life began March 12, 1931, in a log cabin in Elizabeth Township, and ended in a log cabin on Indian Lake in Somerset County.

The daughter of Henry and Bertha (Sommerville) Bashforth, Virginia was united in marriage to Edward S. Hammett on Aug. 30, 1952, a blessed union of nearly 60 years. A graduate of McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing, she worked as a registered nurse in several hospitals and also did private duty nursing. 

The Rev. Edward and Virginia Hammett also served United Methodist churches in McKeesport, Harrison City, Uniontown, Fairview, McMurray, Charleroi and Davison/Scenery Hill. Surviving besides her husband are four children and their spouses, Karen and David Dempsey, Mount Lebanon; Edward and Dorothy Hammett, Granby, Conn.; Kimberly and Robert Farrell, Lee Center, N.Y.; and Elizabeth "Betsy" and Harold Elkins, Huntsville, Ala., 13 grandchildren, Erin (Steve) Heirendt, Kevin (Ashley) Lensie, Heather Farrell, Emily (Devin) Durham, Robert Farrell III, Justin Hammett, Stephanie (Josh) Remling, Jonathon Elkins, Shannon Farrell, Jacob Elkins, Abigail Elkins, Sarah Elkins and Isaac Elkins; and three great-grandchildren, Caden Lensie, Blake Elkins and Katlyn Heirendt.

Also surviving are a sister, Lois (Duane) Davis; a brother-in-law, James (Ruth) Hammett; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home, 494 W. Main St. Somerset, Pa. 15501, and one hour prior to service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 918 Tayman Ave., Somerset, Pa. 15501. Memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 103 Rhoda Ave., Leechburg, Pa. 15656. (www.hauger-zeigler.com)