Bernice Lee McDaniel Hammonds, 86, a resident of Huttonsville, departed this life Sunday morning, May 12, 2013, in Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins. She had been in declining health for the past year.
She was born Monday, March 21, 1927, at Elkins, a daughter of the late George Washington and Artie Marie Ryder McDaniel.
On Dec. 22, 1944, at Baltimore, Md., she was married to Arthur A. Hammonds, who preceded her in death Oct. 24, 2005.
Surviving are three sons, Jack A. Hammonds of Mill Creek, John A. Hammonds and wife, Debra, of Martinsburg and Dennis L. Hammonds of Chester, Md.; three daughters, Angie F. Hammond and Terry L. Hammonds, both of Pasadena, Md., and Sandra K. Swayze and husband, George "Jud," of Silverdale, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Jimmy, John, Scott, Crystal, Kristin, Brett, Kyle and Tammy; and seven great-grandchildren, James, Ashley, Taylor, Emma, Kelsey, Blake and Preston.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death were one son, Vince Hammonds; one brother, George W. Smith; and three sisters, Velva Mason, Joanne Antoline and Lillian Kessler.
She was a graduate of Elkins High School, was a homemaker and a member of Tygart Valley Baptist Church at Beverly. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed gardening and taking care of her family.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Friday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Jack Howell will officiate, and interment will follow in the Mouse Cemetery at Cravensdale.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Bernice Lee McDaniel Hammonds. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.