Dec 16, 2013 - StaffLucia Paula Hampton, of Lander, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center. She was 95 years old.
Per her request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Mountain Vista Retirement Residence in Lander.
Lucia Paula Hampton was born Jan. 23, 1918, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of William and Marie Rauch. She was the second eldest of five sisters.
In high school she played the piano and was director of the school orchestra, which performed for school occasions and community organizations. She also performed voice solos for the local radio station every Sunday morning, and once sang for Chicago radio stations with Arthur Fiedler, later the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, playing accompaniment on piano.
After high school she attended Brown's Business College for two years, working after school at a cafeteria where she met her husband, Keith Hampton, a graduate of the University of Illinois and a sales manager of Kroger Grocery and Baking Company. They married Jan. 27, 1940. As he gained promotions, they traveled throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast.
During the war years, her husband served in the Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corp while she worked for the Marine law offices in Quantico, Va.
After the war, they settled in Quincy, Fla., where Mrs. Hampton was secretary to the principal of the high school for many years. Until her death, she continued to advise and correspond with many school students.
Her husband died in 1989. She then moved to San Angelo, Texas, to be near a sister. She lived there for 11 years and then moved to Lander to be near her son.
She was an avid gardener throughout her life and belonged to several garden clubs, in which she rose to the position of president. She grew prized roses and entered flower shows, winning a number of blue ribbons. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary during World War II. She worked with the literacy program and tutored children. She joined the Newtimers Club in Texas and became president.
She was a member of her church wherever she lived, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir for 25 years, and belonged to many church circles.
In Lander she belonged to the First United Methodist Church, was a member of Ruth Circle, and for several years volunteered in the Methodist Thrift Shop.
Her family said she enjoyed football and basketball and kept up with the rankings of college teams. She played bridge every week at the Senior Center and worked in the library at Mountain Vista Retirement Residence.
She is survived by her son, Bruce, and his wife, Molly, grandchildren Sara and Kaili, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband and sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lander Senior Center, the Food Bank, or to an organization of the donor's choice, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
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