Mary Pearl Hamer


A strong and powerful matriarch, Mary Pearl Hamer, passed away on May 9, 2018, at the age of 81. Endearingly called Ma'Pearl by family and close friends, Mary was born and raised in Talladega, Alabama.
She had several brothers and sisters, many of whom she survived. Following in her father's footsteps, Mary left Alabama at the age of 19 in search of economic prosperity and hopeful of leaving behind the racial segregation of the South. Mary first found work at the Alibi Restaurant and then at RCA in Marion. She eventually landed at General Motors working on the assembly line, which enabled her to single-handedly raise a family of six and retire after more than 30 years.
Mary was an open-minded and open-hearted woman who was instrumental in helping raise several of her grandchildren. Mary enjoyed gardening, making wine, raising chickens, fishing, crocheting, baking, shopping, and spending time with her family. Mary had a witty, sarcastic sense of humor and a broad smile on a beautiful face with high cheek bones.
Mary is survived by her children, Michelle Hamer, Robert Hamer, Melanie Hamer, Patricia Slayton (Leo Slayton), Rosemary Hamer Khoury (Paul Khoury).
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Theresa Hamer Cunningham; and her daughter-in- law, Rocquel Boyd Hamer.
Mary was a member of the Anderson Zion Baptist Church.
A private ceremony commemorating her life will be entrusted to the Glazebrook Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, cards, or other expressions of sympathy, please honor Mary's memory with a donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation at
Mary bravely battled breast cancer for many years which eventually overtook her body, but not her spirit. The family is thankful for the tender and expert medical care rendered by Dr. McCurdy and Dr. Parshad.
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Published on May 10, 2018
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