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Hazel Ruth "Tootsie" Hartsell

1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Hazel Ruth "Tootsie" Hartsell Obituary
Hazel Ruth "Tootsie" Hartsell died peacefully Monday, July 21, 2014, surrounded by her family. Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Springdale Baptist Church, Inez Sunday School Class, 3016 Selma St., Fort Worth, Texas 76111. Tootsie was born July 24, 1922, in Mountain Peak, the daughter of Henry Benton and Lillie Leonard Smith. In 1947 she married the love of her life, Wade Hartsell. They had three daughters, Mary Wadine, Marena and Glenda. During World War II, Tootsie went to work to support the war effort. She worked at Texas Steel Co. as an assembly worker. After leaving Texas Steel, she worked at Montgomery Ward as a salesperson before going to work for Container Corp. of America where she worked for 38 years. Tootsie was a quality control inspector and safety instructor at the company. Tootsie had a true love of life and never met a stranger. She played basketball and softball as a girl and passed the love of sports on to her family. She was the pitcher of the Springdale Baptist Women's softball team, which helped them make numerous trips to local and state playoffs. She continued to play softball until she was 73. Tootsie was an active member of Springdale Baptist Church. She loved her church and served for 45 years on numerous committees and was the outreach leader for the Inez Class. She was honored as Springdale Baptist Church Senior Citizen of the Year and was a member of the Golden Age Roadrunners. She had a passion for mission work and sharing her faith. She sponsored and loved being a chaperone for many youth and mission trips. Her life was an example of what it means to be Christian. Tootsie was also involved in her community. She was a Meals on Wheels volunteer, was active in the Sylvan Heights Neighborhood Association and volunteered with the Carter Riverside Booster Club. From baking pies for a community festival to assembling bags for her daughter's preschool class, Tootsie was always ready to roll up her sleeves to help the people and community that she loved. Survivors: Daughters, Mary Wadine Morris (Bruce), Marena Miller (Kirk) and Glenda Hartsell-Shelton (Lynn); grandchildren, Wil Kemppainen, Faith Barnes, Daniel Diserens, Leslie Miller and Megan Morris; nieces and nephews, including Patsy Brewer; six great-grandchildren; and countless "sons" and "daughters" whom she took into her heart and her family over the years. She was truly loved and will be missed.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 24, 2014
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