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MARJORIE VIDA KING
Marjorie K. Hazen passed away peacefully at Oak Hammock in Gainesville, Florida on Thursday December 27, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Doug Hazen, her three children Douglas Hazen (Marlena) in Boston, Massachusetts, Bruce Hazen (Elizabeth) in Ochlocknee, Georgia and Joy Walker (Brad) in Atlanta, Georgia as well as her three beloved grandchildren Rachel (18), Anna (15) and Sarah (15). She was predeceased several years ago by her only sibling, her older brother Lamar King whom she adored.
Marge was born and raised in Dunnellon, Florida, the daughter of Raymond and Montine King. She attended Dunnellon High School and then enrolled at Florida State University where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. One of her life-long passions was English and Grammar and she earned a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in that study at FSU. She then taught High School English in Ocala which she did until she and Doug moved to Coral Gables, Florida in 1950. There she assisted Doug in the start up of the South Florida operation of The Trane Company.
In addition to assisting Doug in his business, she was a devoted wife and mother and took great pride in her husband's and childrens' character and accomplishments. She and Doug traveled the world throughout their marriage visiting many countries in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. Her longstanding love of both Spanish and French made her the translator of choice on those trips.
Throughout their 40 years in South Florida, Marge was active in the South Florida Women's Club and especially the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. She was truly an example of a Christian witness, both in her words and deeds. She made a positive impact on many lives and was kind to all.
Another passion of hers was painting and she became an accomplished and prolific oil painter. She was a member of the Florida Pen Women Society and earned numerous Ribbons including several Blue Ribbons. While they have been displayed at various exhibits in Florida, today her paintings hang in Oak Hammock and in the homes of her family members who cherish them.
In 1993, Marge and Doug essentially "moved home" to Gainesville, Florida and joined Trinity United Methodist Church. They lived in Sawbuck for 10 years before moving to Oak Hammock. Marge loved everything about Oak Hammock, but especially her new friends of whom she spoke so highly.
Marge Hazen was one of the most generous people you could meet and will be missed by her family and friends. She will be long remembered for her grace, style and kindness.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Oak Room at Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd., Gainesville, FL, with Rev. Dan Johnson, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating.
Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street. Donations in lieu of flowers in Marge's memory may be given to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32653 or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard Gainesville, FL 32606.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown
404 North Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601
Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2012