Hazel V. Pardue passed away, surrounded by family, on April 30, 2014, at Landsun
Homes in Carlsbad, NM. She was 91 years old. Hazel was born at home on July 17, 1922, in Medford, Okla., to Frederick and Ima Stockton. Her father was a preacher, and during Hazel's childhood the family moved to nine communities, primarily in Oklahoma and Colorado. Of her childhood she wrote, ". . .although our family had little material wealth and little emphasis was placed on material things we did have great riches ... Christ, love, health, family, friends, and an overpowering purpose in life." Her family would agree these riches remained most important to Hazel, more than any material gain, throughout her entire life.
Hazel was studying at Pasadena College when she met her husband-to-be, Bruce Pardue.
They married on February 4, 1943, and had been married for 69 years when he passed
away in 2012. The Pardues made their home in Loving, N.M., in 1945, moved to
Carlsbad in 1981, and remained in this community throughout the rest of their lifetime.
As a young woman, Hazel worked as a nurse's aide, a librarian, and a retail clerk. After
marriage she served her family and community as a supportive wife, homemaker, mother
of five, and caregiver. Bruce and Hazel were devoted to one another, cherished their
children, and delighted in their numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who, in
turn, adored their Granny and GG (Granny Great) and her family-famous fruit slush
Always one to enjoy the written word, she took pleasure in writing family histories. In
Shady Green Pastures she told stories about her life as a "preacher's kid," and A Great
Adventure was written about her husband Bruce, herself, and their five children,
recounting stories and adventures they shared together when the children were young.
She also compiled a book of poetry called, A Word Fitly Spoken, and family booklets for
reunions. Friends and family often recount quips or quotes Hazel readily had in her mind
and on her tongue including Scripture, poetry, and common proverbs such as "Many
hands make light work."
Hazel's faith in God, and her church, were a vital aspect of her life, marriage, and family.
She was an involved member of the Carlsbad First Church of the Nazarene for almost 69
years. She often taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School classes. Hazel and
Bruce were well respected in the church, and the community, and known for their
involvement, kindness, and generosity.
Hazel is survived by her son, Jerald Pardue and wife, Debby of Artesia; daughter
Kathyrn Van Soest and husband, Marvin of Carlsbad; son, Larry Pardue of Carlsbad;
daughter, Suzanne Boerio and husband, Edward of Roswell; son-in-law, Howard Ours of
Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and 13 (with another on the way!) great-
grandchildren; brother, Grant Stockton of McMinnville, Ore.; brother-in-law, Kenneth
Potter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and brother-in-law, Charles Bennett of Rainier, Wash.
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on May 4, 2014