Hazel Joan Nowlin (1933 - 2018)

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Hazel Joan Nowlin passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on April 2, 2018, having recently celebrated her 85th birthday at the Juneau Pioneer Home. Hazel was born in El Paso, Texas, in February 1933, to Joseph and Susie Gordon.

She graduated from high school in Montana; she soon left Montana for a job in Seattle. She and her cousin roomed at the YWCA. Hazel met her future husband in January 1953, Charles Nowlin ("Chuck"), when he offered to carry her heavy trunk up a steep Seattle hill. Chuck was in the Navy and before he shipped out to Korea in July of 1953, they were married.

When Chuck's naval tour was over in 1954, he and Hazel moved to Alaska and raised their family. They moved into an old mining house that was located at the end of Basin Road. The house had no insulation and the family hugged the stove when the Taku winds blew. For many years, the family had no modern conveniences and Hazel told stories of doing laundry in the bathtub with a scrub board and hanging the clothes to dry before the stove.

Hazel worked for the State of Alaska while raising her children. She and Chuck enjoyed fishing and hunting and after retirement, traveling the country visiting family and friends.

After Chuck's death in 1993, Hazel continued to enjoy Alaska, saying there was no place she'd rather be. She kept busy with her church activities and loved crocheting, knitting and yard work. She worked for many years with the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, raising money to build the new thrift store and to send children to kid's camp in the summer, among other worthy causes. She was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Women's Auxiliary, as well. She also enjoyed keeping in contact with friends through greeting cards and always had a spare room available for visiting guests.

Hazel is survived by her children, Peggy Boman (Walt) and Don Nowlin, and her sister, Marguerite Durham. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Paul Nowlin (Rebekah), Andrew Boman (Meridith), Danielle Mayfield (Lee), Jeffrey Boman (Lisa), Brian Nowlin (Leslie), and Elizabeth Nowlin, and her great-grandchildren, Andrew Mayfield, Joshua Mayfield, Madelyn Boman, David Boman, Adelaine Bezotte, Luke Mayfield, Nora Mayfield, Parker Boman, Lydia Boman, and Kennedy Nowlin. Her adopted daughter, Donna Trompeter, predeceased her in 2009, and her son, Tom Nowlin, predeceased her in February 2018, after a long illness.

A memorial service will be held at the Juneau Travelodge on April 28, at 5:00 p.m.

Donations can be made to The Hub, an after-school program for middle schoolers, PO Box 32000, Juneau, AK 99803.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 20 to May 19, 2018
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