Vanetta moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1936 where she received her
formal education and then moved to St. Anne, Illinois where she
graduated from St. Anne High School in 1951. She decided to further her
education by attending Cortez Peters Business College in Chicago.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized into the Baptist
church. During her Christian walk she joined several other churches but
she felt most at home when she joined Compassion Baptist Church
(formerly Merrill Avenue). She was an active servant where she enjoyed
going to Sunday school and working in the Nursery.
She began her career at Spiegel in 1952 and later retired from the
Department of Veterans Affairs in 1997. She married her true love,
James Hamby on January 18, 1986. Together they loved traveling and
cooking all kinds of exotic foods.
Her best moments included attending Cortez Peters Business College and
having her children, son Everett and daughter Loretta whom she loved
and cherished dearly. Vanetta’s spirit was majestic and her awareness of
her own unique sense of humor kept her and everyone around her
laughing, fully present and alive in the moment. She enjoyed
entertainment and cooking and went to the movies regularly. She was
well known for being a second mom to many.
Vanetta Hamby passed away Feb. 26, 2018 in peace, surrounded by her
loving daughter and son-law. Reuniting with Vanetta in death is her
husband, James Hamby, (parents), James & Princella, (brothers), Willie,
George, Edward, and Virgil, (sisters), Lue Jean, Alva, and (greatgrandson)
Vanetta is survived by many loved ones including: Son, Everett Campbell
(Tina); daughter, Loretta Bentley (Jerry Sr.); their brother, Robert Nix
(Schevanda); Two grandchildren, - Lennetta & Jerry Jr.; Five greatgrandchildren
- Jaidynn, Jahir, Jerry III, Jhace, and Jett; Three sisters -
Verna Jones, Abby Sykes, Almond Slaughter; Three brothers – James
Trowell, Aubrey Trowell (Barbara), Robert Trowell (Sylvia), and
countless cousins, nieces and nephews and all her favorites.