Velva Merdy (Weyer) Hamper

Born: Sat., Jan. 26, 1935
Died: Thu., Oct. 24, 2013

No services to be held

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Velva Meredith "Merdy" Hamper

1935 - 2013


Merdy Hamper was surrounded by her family when she peacefully passed away at her home on October 24. Born January 26, 1935 in Baker City and raised in Walla Walla, Merday came to Pendleton in 1956 and never left.


Merdy was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in December of last year and she faced that challenge head on, never wanting to surrender. Merdy was employed as a bartender for the majority of her working career and worked at the ELK's, the Tapadera and then for more than twenty years at the Rainbow. Having special friends wherever she went she enjoyed special times and much laughter. Merdy especially enjoyed visiting and spending time with family near and far. Her hobbies included golfing, gardening, playing pool and darts, traveling, reading, crafts and most of all spending time at the Oregon Coast. Merdy was a loving wife, sister and mother and friend. She is survived by three children, son Rick Ray (Longview, WA); twin daughters Rhonda Rojas (Salem, OR) and Robin Steckley (Dallas, OR), brothers Monty Kirkland (Lucerne, CA); James Kirkland (El dorado,  CA) and sister Glenda Hedge (LaPine, OR). She also leaves behind many cherished nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her parents Velva C. Kirkland-Johnson and William Weyer and older brother Cecil Weyer.


At Merdy's request there are no services planned. She did ask that any who chose to remember her that they did so in a way that is meaningful to them. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who loved her.


Her family would like to express their gratitude to all those who have offered thier support and condolences. It has meant a great deal as we have faced this difficult time. Thank you to all the great folks at St. Anthony Hospice staff who provided us with such encouragement and strength. As her family we know that she would ask that in whatever way she has touched your life you will go forth and touch the lives of others.

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Monty Robison
   Posted Wed November 06, 2013
What a special lady Merdy was. I had the pleasure to first meet her about 30 years ago. I always enjoyed her humor and wit very much. She will be greatly missed. R.I.P. dear Merdy!

mildred drollinger
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
I only met Merdy once at a Weyer reunion in Washington. Through the years she was kind enough to share the Weyer family history with me usually in a "real" letter. She appeared to be a very gracious woman. May God be with all those who feel her loss. From Merdy's half sister in Michigan

Nancy Weyer-Brotzel
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Merdy, the times we had together girl! From cruising in the motorhome, to lunch in a cemetery...we had fun. I will miss her heart-healthy laugh, your jokes...Oh, you had so many!!.....but will miss just YOU more than anything. I will always hold a special spot for you in my heart my dear cousin.
Party hardy with all the relatives you run into up there in heaven...I'm sure you were received with a "standing" ovation.

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