January 29, 1921 - April 8, 2021
Elsie Theresa Fehst Hamaker, age 100, died at Faith Presbyterian Hospice on April 8, 2021. Elsie was born January 29, 1921 in Christopher, Illinois, and served as a nurse in the United States Navy in Hawaii during World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She lived in South Dakota for close to 30 years before moving to Richardson, TX in the mid-1980’s.
Elsie dearly loved nursing and went into private practice after leaving the Navy before starting her own family. Elsie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, PEO (a philanthropic organization), and a long-time volunteer at the Richardson Senior Center. She received the Outstanding Older Texan Award in May, 2000, the Richardson Senior Center’s Volunteer of the Year award in November, 2000, and was chosen as Richardson’s Super Mom in 2008, a contest run by the Dallas Morning News’ NeighborsGo section.
Elsie is survived by seven daughters, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, as well as four nieces and one nephew. Her daughters include Linda Schwegman, Janice Shockley, Kay Hamaker, Beverly Ackerman, Donna Hamaker, Laura Sowell, and Mary Hamaker. Elsie was preceded in death by her father and mother Karl and Antonie Fehst, and brother Walter Fehst.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, 271 Walton Street Richardson, TX on Friday, May 28, 2001 at 2 PM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only about 50 people will be allowed in the church, and all attendees MUST wear a mask. Family members will have first priority for in-person attendance. For those who do not wish to wear a mask or others wishing to view the service, it will be live-streamed on the church’s Facebook page. Interment will be at the DFW National Ceremony earlier in the day for family members only.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to:
The Myasthenia Gravis Organization (https://myasthenia.org)
290 Turnpike Road, Suite 5-315,
Westborough, MA 01581
4306 Capitol Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
c/o Jane Wells, Treasurer P.E.O Chapter DO
6301 Misty Trail
Dallas, TX 75248
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252