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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Julie Ann Hammond - Rest In Peace

JULIE ANN HAMMOND (BLANSETT), age 70, of Richmond, Virginia passed away suddenly by accident, on Saturday, April 6, 2019, due to asphyxiation.

Julie was born on October 28, 1948 in Ft. Collins, Colorado to Dorothy (Digby) and George A. Blansett, Jr. She was an only child.

Her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1951. She attended Center School District No. 58, graduating sixth in her class from Center Senior High School in 1966 as a member of the National Honor Society. While attending high school she was the school newspaper (Searchlight) editor. Further honors include MO feature writer of the year in 1965 and 1966, as well as, MO poetry awards in the same years. She enjoyed being part of the musical cast, singing in the choir, 100 Girls Club, Quill & Scroll and Spanish Club.

She married Dale E. Roberts, also from Center Sr. High School, Class of 1966, in 1968. Their daughter, Rebecca Rae was born that same year. They later divorced. He preceded her in death in 2010. Julie later married Murray Richter. They had a son, Jason Murray, born in 1972. Julie met her current husband, Paul Hammond, in 1979. They had a long term relationship and married in 1992.

Julie furthered her education by attending University of Missouri Kansas City, in 1966, majoring in English Literature, Journalism and Spanish. She also attended Pierre Adult Education in Pierre, South Dakota, in 1977, where she studied Shorthand.

She was a Dance Masters Academy Certified Teacher at Flaugh-Lewis Dance School in Kansas City, MO from 1964 to 1970. She instructed tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics and baton.

Most of her professional career was in the secretarial field. She worked as a clerk typist for the federal government, a transcriptionist for University of Kansas Medical Center in the Radiology Department, and for the Kansas City School District in data processing. However, her favorite job was working as Executive Secretary for the National Historical Society in Pierre, South Dakota. Later activities included freelance writing and forum host on chat room discussions.

Julie was a member of the Bahai' Faith. She frequently blogged and communicated the message of One Planet, One People.

Her younger years were spent growing up in the Santa Fe Hills neighborhood of South Kansas City, Missouri. She moved to South Dakota in 1975. She lived in Tampa, Florida from 1992 to 2002, then on to Richmond, Virginia, where she lived at the time of her death.

Julie enjoyed reading, writing, music and dance. She had a sarcastic wit, sharp mind and kind heart. She loved her children and her pets, and spoiled both incessantly.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Hammond of Richmond, Virginia, daughter, Rebecca Ethridge and husband, Paul Ethridge of Palmer Lake, Colorado and son, Jason Richter, of Mammoth Lake, California. She is also survived by her close cousin, Chuck Digby, of Leawood, Kansas, friend Gladys Pineda, of Richmond, Virginia and many Facebook friends that she communicated with regularly. She leaves behind her beloved doggies, Arnold and Lorelei.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy W. Blansett (Digby), in 1992 and her father, George A. Blansett, Jr. in 2002.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Park Cemetery in Carthage, Missouri.

Lunch will follow the service at her favorite Mexican restaurant, El Charros in Carthage, Missouri, immediately following the ceremony.

Please contact her daughter, Rebecca Ethridge, for further information at rebeccarae68@gmail.com.

Thank you to all the people that enriched her life, as I am sure she enriched yours.

"Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self."

- The Hidden Words of Baha'u'lla'h

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