Charlene Hamper

HAMPER, Charlene (Ray) (Yarbro) – previously of Davison, age 90, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 5, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Charlene was born in Decatur, TN, daughter of the late Stewart and Mayme (Middleton) Yarbro. She grew up on a farm in Tennessee and moved to Michigan in 1955 with her late ex-husband Bobby Ray. Charlene married Richard Hamper in 1971 and they lived in Davison, MI until his passing in 2020. As a member of St. John’s, Charlene was active in the Alter Society, served on the Funeral Luncheon Committee, and worked at the church Bingo. She enjoyed taking trips to the casinos with her friends to see concerts and to play the slots. She also enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Charlene cherished the memories of all the good times and laughter she shared with friends and family.

Charlene is survived by her brother Sam Yarbro and his wife, Diane; children, Charla (Ray) Matich and her husband Nick, Robert Ray, Norma (Ray) Balagna and Patricia (Ray) Coleman; stepchildren, Richard Hamper, Jr., Michele (Hamper) Stouffer and Stacey (Hamper) Rye; grandchildren, Kris, Kellie, Nicholas, Thomas, Lisa, Diane, Cyle (Staci), Toni and Andrew; step-grandchildren, Allison and Alexander; great-grandchildren, Paris, Dominic, Charlotte, Gus, Gabe and Calliope. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stewart and Mayme (Middleton) Yarbro and her loving husband, Richard Hamper.