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Helen Pitman Hammond passed peacefully at Friends Care Community in Yellow Springs on September 3, 2019 after just turning 92 years old.

Helen was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on August 28, 1927. Her father (Leslie A. Pitman) was from Nova Scotia and her mother (Ellen Cedergren Pitman) was the daughter of Swedish immigrants.

At the age of 18 she boarded an Ohio-bound train to come to Antioch College where she majored in English Literature. While at Antioch she did co-ops at Mademoiselle Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily in New York City. While living in Yellow Springs, she met the love of her life, Robert Hammond. They were soon married and she settled down as a farmer’s wife and soon the mother of three rambunctious boys John, Scott, and Bill.

She was room mother for many Yellow Springs elementary school classes, a cub scout den mother, and very active in the Friendly Gardeners Club. Her pastimes included flower gardening, genealogy (a member of the Mayflower Society, having successfully traced her own history back to the original passengers on the Mayflower), and being grandma to four lovely granddaughters.

After Robert’s death in 2004 she spent many years living on the family farm, enjoying her hours sitting on the back porch watching hummingbirds and getting through the winters watching OSU and Bengals football.

Helen was predeceased by her husband, Robert Dingle Hammond, her third son, William Alexander Hammond, and her brother Leslie N. Pitman of Canterbury, Connecticut.

She is survived by her sons John Robert Hammond of Springfield and Scott Alan Hammond and his wife Karen (Vennerholm) Hammond of Yellow Springs. She has four granddaughters; Megan Alexandra Hammond, Rachel Katherine Hammond, Emily Faye Hammond, and Molly May Hammond and one great granddaughter; Nora Renee Hammond.

Helen is the last to pass of her local circle of best friends that included Marianne Grote, Pat Dell, and Bonnie Fulton. The family has no plans for public services at this time and request that donations be made in Helen’s memory to Friends Care Community in Yellow Springs and Hospice of Dayton . Online condolences may be made to the family at