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Obituary: HAMMOND, MERYLYN

Merylyn Felt Simmons Hammond1928 - 2013Merylyn Felt Simmons Hammond, accomplished wife, mother, grandmother, church member, seamstress, cook, and world traveler, passed away April 4, 2013, in Sandy, Utah, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Merylyn was born May 8, 1928, in New York City to LeRoy Dilworth Simmons and Helen Felt Simmons. She and her twin, Marvin, were premature and he died shortly after their birth. As her daughter Robyn said, "We have a fair lady among us who fought so hard to come into this life. She overcame so many odds at her beginning. Now, she is showing us all how to leave life with grace and dignity. I admire her so much, I owe her my life, and I will miss her terribly!"After childhood in Salt Lake City and a final year of high school in San Francisco, Merylyn graduated from the University of Utah in 1949. At the U, she met Paul Young Hammond and on August 11, 1950, they were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Their journey together took them around the world as they moved following their marriage to Cambridge, MA, then to London, Annapolis, Rhode Island, New York, New Haven, Maryland, Malibu, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Singapore, and back to Salt Lake City following Paul's retirement from 50 years of academic life. During this time, Merylyn lived as a faithful member of the LDS Church and served many times in Relief Society leadership callings and as a seminary teacher.Along the way, Merylyn accumulated a wide variety of friends wherever she was and enjoyed hosting and cooking for dinner parties and other events. She was known for giving classes in Chinese cooking and regularly prowled Asian markets for the best ingredients. Throughout, she kept contact with many of her Chi Omega Sorority sisters and enjoyed reconnecting whenever she returned on frequent trips to Utah.Merylyn is survived by her children Brett in New York, Wendy in Singapore, Robyn (Fearon) in Cleveland, Spencer in Bakersfield and Clifford in Salt Lake City as well as seven grandchildren and her brother, Ronald Felt Simmons, of Salt Lake City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and brothers, Marvin Simmons, and LeRoy Dilworth Simmons, Jr. The family feels much appreciation for extended family and friends who offered Merylyn so much support through her illness. We also wish to acknowledge the kind attention given at the Atria and Sandy Regional Health and Rehab. Special thanks are due to Jolene Wilkenson for guiding Merylyn through hospice care.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, preceded by a visitation hour at 12:45 p.m. on that day and followed by a burial service at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. An additional visitation hour will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Larkin Mortuary.In lieu of flowers, Merylyn expressed her wish that contributors might make a donation to the American Parkinson Disease Association.