Ardene was received into heaven by her Lord and Savior at the age of 89 on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at her son’s home, surrounded by family. She entered life in Goshen, Oregon on November 3, 1923, the daughter of William Henry and Lydia Lucille (Hubbard) McLain.
Many activities were enjoyed by Ardene including, gardening, sewing, painting beautiful landscapes, crafts, doll collecting, driving her sporty cars, riding motorcycles with son in law, Nick, and especially dancing at the Moose and Eagles Clubs. For many years, she was an active member of the Women’s Moose Auxiliary. In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling and volunteering to help older friends with shopping and doctor appointments. Ardene loved her family and family get-togethers. She was an excellent mother, always generous and caring and loved dearly by her family. In later years, she also enjoyed the companionship of her cat, Andy, and her dog, Gracie, who helped extend her life with friendship and love.
Ardene was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving honorably during WWII in Seattle as a Storekeeper Second Class. While serving in the Navy, she met Alex Alfred Hammell and they were married in Seattle on March 23, 1946. Ardene worked for many years with Al in his electric motor shop business which was on their property south of Roseburg. Later, she worked for many years at the V.A. Medical Center, retiring from the Engineering Dept. office.
Surviving Ardene are her son Steve Hammell and wife, Mary and daughter Leslie Bardaville and husband, Nick, all of Roseburg, and Debra Duperroir and husband, Alec of Quartzsite, Arizona, granddaughter, Sandi Hammell and great grandchildren, Ian, Isaac and Jacklyn. Ardene was preceded in death by Al, her parents William and Lucille McLain, brothers Delbert, Willis, Don and grandson, Michael Vance Metzger.
A special thanks and blessings for the wonderful help the family received during Ardene’s care from caregivers Kim, Misha, Becky, Leah and the Hospice team, nurse Toni and aide, Pam.
A family memorial will be held at a later time.