NLJ Staff


July 22, 1937–June 21, 2020

Donna Lasure Hammond died at home with her family in Loveland, Colo., on June 21, 2020. She was 82 years old.

Donna was born on July 22, 1937, in Newcastle, Wyo., to Frances and Gordon Paulley, who lived in Osage, Wyo. She had a brother, David, who was six years older, and a sister, Diane, who was three years younger. 

She grew up in Osage where her father owned a machine shop that serviced the nearby oil fields, and her mother took care of the home. She attended grade school  in Osage, and then attended high school in Upton. At Upton High School, she played saxophone in the band and was valedictorian of her class. 

Donna’s father was a pilot, and when she showed interest in flying, he agreed to pay for her pilot’s license. What he didn’t know was that she was going to get in all her flying hours in one summer!  And she did get her license — and got 100% on her written exam.

She attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver, Colo., graduating with a business and secretarial degree. Her first job in Denver was with Bethlehem Supply. One day her boss said, “There is a new petroleum engineer from Conoco upstairs. His name is Kay Hammond, go up and stay there until he takes you to lunch.” She did just that, and they were married six months later, on Sept. 14, 1958.

Their son Jay was born in 1959, and daughter Laurie in 1962. The oil business sent them from Fort Morgan to Craig, Colo., to Ventura, Calif., Hobbs, N.M., Oklahoma City, Okla., and to Houston, Texas. Finally, when both children were in college, they moved to Stavanger, Norway, where they spent four years. They enjoyed traveling to many exciting places in their time overseas, and Donna even attended a Cordon Bleu cooking school in London. No matter how many times they moved, Donna always turned the new house into a home in a matter of weeks.

Donna and Kay returned to Loveland in 1986 and made their home there. In Loveland, Donna was actively involved in All Saints Episcopal Church both volunteering and lay reading. She was also a member of PEO and an Investment Club called Investigator’s Ink. 

They enjoyed traveling, and spent many summers in Norway. They truly loved getting away from the Colorado winter, and went to Mexico at least once a year for many years. 

Donna had many talents. She was known for her beautifully decorated cakes, and was also an accomplished seamstress and knitter. She made many dresses for herself, her daughter and her granddaughters, and enjoyed knitting sweaters and Christmas stockings for her family.

Donna was devoted to her family, her children, her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, and will be missed every day. 

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ralph Kay Hammond; her brother, David; her sister, Diane; her children, Jay Hammond (Leslie) and Laurie Lillefjaere (Inge); her four grandchildren, Kristoffer Lillefjaere (Siri), Sara Lillefjaere (Andreas), Adrienne Hammond, (Allen), Marcus Lillefjaere; and her three great-grandchildren, Adam, Thomas and Louise. 

She is preceded in death by her grandson, Andrew, and her parents, Frances and Gordon Paulley.



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