Hazel S. Burch, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in San Antonio. Hazel was born on Sept. 6, 1921, in Roston, Ark. She grew up on a farm near Bodcaw, Ark. During World War II, she relocated to Dallas where she met the first love of her life, William Brummett. They married in 1949 and moved to Garland. Hazel and Bill camped all over the U.S. with their daughters, Karen and Kathy. Hazel was active in the United Methodist Church in Garland, as well as in the garden club there. She was an accomplished seamstress from making baby clothes for her daughters through sewing wedding and bridesmaid dresses for both their weddings. Hazel and Bill had a beautiful 40 years of marriage before Bill passed away in 1989. In 1990, Hazel met Charles Austin Burch while on a trip to England. Hazel and Austin were married in December of that year and followed their passion for travel with trips to Hawaii, China, Australia and Russia. After living in Albuquerque for several years, they moved to the Army Residence Community in San Antonio in 1998. Theirs was a happy and romantic marriage for 22 years until Austin passed away in August of 2012. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, K and Retha Spencer; brothers, Hollis, Arlis, and Ruel Spencer; and sister, Meryl. Hazel is survived by her daughters, Karen Kohl (Alan) and Kathy Anderson (Glen); step-daughter, Dana Harriman; step-son, Wayne Burch; sisters, Daris Ward and Wanda Campbell; brother, Troy Spencer; grandchildren, Jennifer Kohl, Jonathan Kohl, and Julie Strawn; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Riley, Tristan, Robert, Gus and Tommy. Graveside service will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at 1:15 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com. Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio. Port Loring Mortuary.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2013