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“LOVED being able to take care of Eleanor!! Loved her spunky personally and her sense of homer. ”
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Eleanor (Hammitt) Homer was born May 13, 1914, to James Charles and Eleanor (Ashton) Homer. Eleanor was raised near Logan, Iowa, attended school and graduated from Logan High School in 1932. Following her graduation she started selling wholesale cosmetics to retail merchants. She traveled extensively by train to accomplish her work. Very few women at that time would have been hired to do this type of work. Eleanor was way ahead of the current women's independence movement of today. Eleanor married Joe Homer. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a captain during WWII. After his honorable discharge, the couple made their home in Texas where both Joe and Eleanor worked for a large oil company. Eleanor also owned and operated a local café that specialized in the greatest seafood gumbo ever to be eaten. Once the couple retired, they moved to Branson, Missouri and enjoyed their time there until Joe's death. After Joe's death, Eleanor returned to her roots in Iowa. She lived in her brother's, Max Hammitt, home until she became a resident of the Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine in 2013.

Eleanor died on Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home at the age of 103 years, 10 months, and 10 days. Eleanor was the last living member of JC and Eleanor Hammitt generation. She was aware and lively until just a few days prior to her death. She was fiercely independent, as is the Hammitt family tradition.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, JC & Eleanor Hammitt; husband, Joe Homer; two brothers, Harry and Max Hammitt; and two sisters, Mildred Wohlers and Wilma Ward. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews as well as many friends.