Hazel Hancock McLeod|
1915 - 2013
Salt Lake City, UT-Hazel Hancock McLeod died January 28, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born to Orson and Emma Maude Gardner Hancock in Malad, Idaho on December 31, 1915. Her youth was spent in Malad surrounded by a close, loving extended family. She was a bright student and won a state high school typing championship. She moved to Murray, Utah with her family in 1933 and graduated from Henager's Business College where she met her husband, Edwin James McLeod. They were married in San Francisco, California, October 26, 1935. Hazel loved San Francisco and enjoyed the excitement of living in the city and being with her husband who spent his career working for the San Francisco Examiner. They walked across the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 on opening day. They moved to San Mateo, California in 1942, then moved to Los Altos, California in 1952. Ed died in 2001 and Hazel continued to live in the family home until 2005 when she moved to Coventry in Salt Lake City, an independent living community. She loved Coventry and the many new friends she made and their tender loving care. Ed and Hazel had two children Suzanne (Rod) Pulley and Bruce (Barbara) McLeod; 16 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters (Mabel, Helen and Maxine), her brother Don and a great-granddaughter, Allegra Pulley. Hazel and Ed were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were sealed in the Oakland, California temple on February 26, 1966. She had many callings in the church, but her favorite was being a visiting teacher, which she continued doing until she died. Last year she appeared in a church movie seen worldwide about serving others, and she herself continued to serve others by knitting infant hats for the University Of Utah Hospital. She was alert and sharp throughout her life and knew everything her children and grandchildren were doing. She attended all of her grandchildren's activities and always anticipated their needs. She kept up with current events and rooted for BYU and the 49'ers! She will be greatly missed, but we are assured that she and Ed are reunited and continuing their eternal life together. A celebration of her life was held February 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City and another gathering will take place February 7, 2013 at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Ed.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 3, 2013