Lola Hamer Fosburgh

Lola Hamer Fosburgh, 83 of Dayton passed away Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. She was born July 1, 1935 in Cedar Bayou to parents Augustus Milton Hamer and Hazel Chandelier Hamer.

Services for Lola will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Dayton with Rev. Vicki Hough officiating. The family will receive friends Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Keith Damek, Daniel Gonzalez, Greg Gonzalez, John Lacy, Luke Chachere and Rob Chachere.

Lola attended Dayton public schools and was a proud graduate of the class of 1952. She joined the work force in Houston as a secretary for a short period of time but soon returned home to Dayton and married James “Buster” Damek. She gave full support to her husband who was a farmer and gave birth to two sons. After the early death of her husband she flourished as being a role model and sole parent to her sons. She cherished her role as a wonderful homemaker and was well known for her home crafted meals. Her main specialty was a Cajun gumbo recipe passed down by her mother that often was the family meal for special occasions. Lola had a green thumb, and she could grow most anything from a cutting. She loved gardening, raising plants and flowers of every description and sharing them with all.
Lola was a devout Christian and was well known for her strength of character, reliability, trustworthiness, and integrity. These traits were reflected in all aspects of her daily life and her commitment to husband, family, and friends. She later married Robert L. Fosburgh and served by his side as he pastored Methodist churches in Freeport, Huntsville, Midway, Warren and the South Liberty United Methodist Church. She loved her extended church families and was always ready to extend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Milton Hamer, Gus Hamer, and sister Mildred Andrus. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 37 years; Robert L. Fosburgh; sons, Dennis Damek and wife Mary and Blane and wife Jenifer of Dayton; granddaughter, Savannah Hilderbrand and husband Jason; great-grandchild, Hayes Hilderbrand; sisters, Hazel Neuman of Livingston and Cuba Horne of Austin; also numerous other relatives and friends.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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