Hazel Alice Hamm


Millinocket - Hazel Alice (McLean) Hamm, better known as Penny, was born on April 17, 1926 at Hammond Plantation to the late Theressa Folsom and Earl McLean. Penny passed away at age 93 on July 16, 2019 in Millinocket, Maine.
Penny was the wife of loving husband, Alton L. Hamm and was preceded in death by Alton, her twin brother, Hazen and her dog of 17 yrs. Comet, as well as many other siblings noted below.
Penny is survived by her son, Fredrick (Rick) A. Hamm, his wife Jan and their son, Brian and his family, all in Millinocket, daughters, Terry A. Hamm-Morris and her husband Carl Morris of Hermon, and Mellissa L. Hamm-Fuller and her husband Marc Fuller of Millinocket. The family wishes to thank the staff of Katahdin Healthcare for their loving care of Mom.
Penny had 11 brothers and sisters in her family, 4 sets of twins. Information is thanks to her sister Lucille Spaulding, the nearest and dearest of her family. Penny and many of her siblings, as not uncommon during depression years, were foster children although it's unclear how many. These are the names starting from oldest to youngest; Nadine Wood (d), twins Geraldine Case and Anadine Steves (d), Hazel and her twin Hazen McLean (d), Rayworth Kelly (d), twins Delores McLean (d) and Delora Stevens, Joyce McLean(?), Lucille Spaulding, Lincoln, and twins Robina (Betty) McAfee and Robert McLean, Houlton.
Penny had an inquisitive mind and we watched her learning French from records, do drawing lessons for which she had quite a talent and always reading. Penny was pretty light on her feet too, loved to dance, was a great ice skater and even learned to ski when they opened Mt. Jefferson in Lee.
Penny was a fantastic cook and those who were fortunate enough to be invited to a real bean hole dinner at our camp had the opportunity to savor her five inch high, fluffy, melt in your mouth yeast rolls and chocolate cake with mocha frosting.
Dad manned the bean hole and one of their greatest pleasures was sitting around the bean hole fire, enjoying company and sipping adult beverages late into the evening. Mom and Dad always had the kids on the lake over for corn roasts, you could see all manner of boats on our beach on those warm, corn roast nights. Camp at Silver Lake in Lee was central to their lives and where Mom and Dad hosted family members for cribbage, penny poker, games of bean bag and horseshoes with the aunts and uncles and King of the Float with the kids.
Mom welcomed everyone and kept us all fed. We will miss her with all our hearts but know that she had a life that as a foster child, she could only imagine. Mom and Dad are together again now, hopefully with all our aunts and uncles, still playing those games of cribbage.
Those who wish may donate in lieu of flowers in Hazel's name to the Lena and Lyman Hamm Family Scholarship Fund, 26 Winn Rd., Lee Academy, Lee, Me. 04455 Penny and Terry together picked the local recipients for this scholarship for many years as it was first started in her husband, Alton's name.
There will be a Celebration of Life get together for family and close friends in August.
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Harry and Sharon Rideout
Jul 29, 2019
Dear Terry and family,
Blessings to you , as you grieve the death of your mom. We are so sorry for your loss.
Treasured memories, how they linger, and forever flood your soul.
Harry and Sharon Rideout
Jul 28, 2019
Dear Terry and family,
Blessings to you , as you grieve the death of your mom. We are so sorry for your loss.
Treasured memories, how they linger, and forever flood your soul.
april staples
Jul 26, 2019
so sorry for the family loss she is a great women it was a pleasure of taken care of her
Jean Civiello Hasse
Jul 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Margie King
Jul 25, 2019
Mellissa, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. It sounds like she was, in my mother's words, a "tough old bird". That was a real compliment in Mom's world. They lived through tough times and stayed strong. I know you will miss her so much. Blessings to you and your family.
Mark and Patti Lane
Jul 24, 2019
Mellissa, Rick and Terry... We were sorry to hear about the loss of your mom; she was quite a character and loved her family above all else. I always giggle when I recall your wedding day Mellissa when she grabbed a hank of my Mark's hair which was then thick and wavy, and exclaimed "Is that your real hair!?" Funny memories and we're sure you have so many to carry you through. Sending our love, Patti & Mark
Lauren Dudley McCloskey
Jul 24, 2019
Rick, Terry and Melissa,
I'm sorry for the loss of your dear mother. I have happy memories of good times at Silver Lake and bean hole festivities. Penny and Alton were generous and welcoming to all. I hope that you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories!