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Lifelong Alaskan Ebba Gloria Hamm, 95, died May 29, 2007, at Providence Extended Care.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., with a funeral from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. The Rev. Bob Young will officiate. Pallbearers will be Nolan Hamm, Jon Austermuhl, Brian Austermuhl, Donald Porter, Vince Hiratsuka and Nolan Austermuhl.
She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Nolan Hamm, in a graveside service at 3 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park, 440 E. Klatt Road.
Ebba was born Nov. 11, 1911, in Bonanza to Jessie and Fred Swanson. She grew up in Haycock, Alaska, where her father owned and operated a trading post. She graduated from a one-room territorial school in Haycock in 1930. She met her husband, Nolan Hamm, the day he came into her father's trading post carrying his guitar, and they married soon after in 1936. Ebba and Nolan raised four children, three born in Haycock and one in Anchorage.
Ebba taught herself to play the organ, accordion and harmonica. She never learned to drive a car; however, she drove a dog team from Haycock to Koyuk for many years. After moving to Anchorage, she was a homemaker from 1942 to 1952, caring for her family.
She loved to garden and fish with setnets in Turnagain Arm. Ebba worked for 25 years at Anchorage Native Medical Center, retiring as the executive housekeeper in 1974.
Her family wrote: "She was a grand lady - everyone was welcome at her table, and she loved visiting with family and friends. Her home was the center of the family gatherings for which music and food could be had by all. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to visit her often. Ebba's warm spirit will be missed by all, for she was dearly loved."
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Nolan Hamm and Janet Geoffroy of Seattle; daughter, Geraldine Austermuhl of Anchorage; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Edna Templeton of Anchorage.
Ebba was preceded in death by her husband; her four younger brothers, Walter, Carl, Oscar and Charlie Swanson; and two daughters, Mamie and Gloria Hamm
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