Elizabeth "Bleace" Killion Hammond, 90, of Astoria, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 in Astoria.

Mrs. Hammond was born April 27, 1915 in Wakefield, Neb., to Swedish immigrants August and Anna Gustafson Carlson. She grew up there and graduated from Wakefield High School.

In 1933, she met and married Harold Killion. A few years later, they moved to Milwaukie. During World War II, they moved to Astoria, where they raised their four sons. Mr. Killion died in 1965.

In 1972, she married Roy Hammond and the couple retired to Big Creek in Knappa. Mr. Hammond died in 2002.

Mrs. Hammond was a school secretary, starting at Astor School in the mid-1950s and later at Astoria Middle School, until her retirement. She was active in the Lutheran Church, P.E.O Sisterhood and the Gideons. She also volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the Clatsop County Historical Society. Family members said she will be remembered for her friendly and outgoing personality, her great Swedish cooking and her love for family and friends.

Mrs. Hammond is survived by four sons and five daughters-in-law, Chuck and Dorothy Killion of Indian Wells, Calif., Mike and Linda Killion of Corvallis, Patrick and Sandee Killion of Svensen, Tim and Sheena Killion of Svensen and Connie Killion of Newport; two stepsons and their wives, Howard and Connie Hammond of Longview, Wash., and Robert and Eleanor Hammond of Salem; seven grandchildren, Carolyn Alcorn of Hollister, Calif., Steven Killion of Seattle, Wash., Jennifer Neumann of Scio and Amy Killion of Reno, Nev.; eight great-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Agnes Weber of Wayne, Neb. and Ann Adcock of Woodburn.

A service is 2 p.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in Astoria. Interment at Ocean View Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House in care of Lower Columbia Hospice, 211 Exchange St., Astoria, OR 97103.

Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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