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Marlene “Molly” (Lancaster) Hamer

Marlene “Molly” (Lancaster) Hamer, 45, of Campbell, MN, passed away unexpectedly in her home Friday, July 2, 2021. A prayer service will be held 7 pm Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home with visitation from 5 pm to 7 pm. Visitation will continue from 10 am to 11 am Friday, July 9, 2021 at the Funeral Home before her celebration of life led by Jeanne Putnam. A meal will be available after the Funeral service at the Driftwood in Wahpeton, ND. A live stream of both services will be available on the Funeral Home’s website. Arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons.

Molly was born at St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge, MN, to Ralph and Bernadean (Cox) Lancaster on February 29, 1976. She was the youngest of her four siblings but knew how to handle a life with three older brothers. In 1978, the family moved to Fergus Falls, MN, where Marlene would go on to graduate from Fergus Falls High School in ’94. Marlene married the love of her life, James Hamer, on May 24, 1997. The two started dating a year prior and knew each other from their childhood and attending the same church.

Molly would go on and make many friends through her different jobs over the years. In 2001, she accepted a job with James at Tristate Music. By 2013, she had left Tristate Music and took a position as a bank teller at Bank of the West. Above all, Molly loved and would do anything for the kids she worked with at Campbell-Tintah High School during her time there as a paraprofessional. She adored her job there and held it in especially high regard.  

Family was always Molly’s priority; she cared immensely for her husband and two sons, Branigan and Brodie. She loved the time spent with all of them. Christmas and the 4th of July were her favorite holidays to celebrate and spend together as a family. Molly would wrap all the presents every year for the boys, only leaving James to wrap the gifts he had gotten for her. The 4th of July was always special with the family gatherings, cook outs, and fire work shows. Molly was an avid twins and Vikings fan and loved watching the games and cheering her teams on. One of the only times James had to put his foot down was when she wanted to paint a whole room in the house Vikings purple! She enjoyed photography and creating beautiful scrapbooks of all her photos. She also enjoyed helping James host Shriner events and rallies.

Molly will be deeply missed by her husband, James Hamer; her sons Branigan (Katie) and Brodie Hamer; her brothers, Randy (Lynda) Lancaster, William “Willy” Lancaster, and Calvin (Shannon) Lancaster; her brothers-in-law, Joe (Krissy) Hamer and Jason Hamer; her mother-in-law, Janet Hamer;  many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Bernadean Lancaster; her great-nephew, Woodrow; “Unc” Loyd Jarvis; many aunts and uncles; her father-in-law, James Hamer; and sister-in-law, Colette Lancaster.

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