Barbara Jean Hammonds was born July 26, 1945 in the small town of Gilmore Arkansas. She was the fourth of ten children and the second of seven girls born to her parents J.D. and Mamie Hammonds. She grew up working on the farm with her family until they moved to Saint Louis in 1962. There Barbara was able to graduate from Webster Groves Senior High School c/o 1966. Shortly thereafter she formed a singing group with two of her sisters called The Brownells. She was a gifted self-taught, lead singer, songwriter and arranger. The group performed all around the tri state area. Barbara also wrote songs that were recorded by other popular artists of that time. In later years she was known to play all her favorite old school songs from various artists, often singing or dancing along every Saturday evening without fail. Music would continue as her passion until the end of her life on October 25th 2020.
After she had enough of the Music Business, Barbara a natural born caregiver, furthered her education and became a CNA at Bethesda Dilworth – A Landmark Senior Care Facility in Webster Groves until she retired. Because of the joy she found in helping people she decided to volunteer her time and professional services at Rock Hill Ministries for many years. Barbara was smart, funny, kind hearted, and spiritual at her core. She saved EVERYTHING! Therefore, if you ever happened to mention you needed ANYTHING, Barbara would have it for you. She also liked to cook, especially if it meant feeding other people. She always shared that dimpled smile, a hearty laugh and sweet southern charm.
Barbara had a lifelong obsession with the color red. She collected anything red. If you gave her a gift and it was red, she was happy. But her greatest love of all was her son Maurice Hammonds. As a single mother Barbara raised Maurice and doted on him. Some might say she spoiled him. They had an exceptional bond that only grew tighter as they grew older, consequently spoiling each other. Maurice blessed her with two Granddaughters whom she adored, Marissa Hammonds and Trinady Moorhead; who made Barbara a Great-Grandmother to her children, Demonte and Tylasia. Barbara is survived by them, as well as siblings Lula Barrett, Edward Hammonds (Geneva), June Jones, Bruce Hammonds (Janice), Carol Hammonds, Linda Hammonds, Shirley Hammonds, Sister In-Law Ruby Hammonds, countless Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Good Friends. Barbara was preceded in rest, by her parents, sister Mary Tucker and brother Johnnie Hammonds. Barbara had so much love for everyone. She will continued to be loved and will continue to be missed dearly until Jehovah has fulfilled his promises found in his Word the Bible. - John 5:28, 29 & Revelation 21: 3, 4
“Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29)
With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21: 3, 4)
This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. (John 17:3)
Maurice & The Hammonds Family would like to Thank Everyone for their cards, flowers, calls, texts, kind words and condolences. Thank You Tiffany A. Smith & Life Memorial Center for your comforting care.
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