CATOOSA, OKLA. - Hazel Marie Watt was born on June 27, 1944, in Portsmouth, Va., to Vida Mae (White) and Edward Williams. She was raised in Kinston, N.C., one of eight children. Hazel met and married her husband of 48 years, David Watt, after meeting and falling in love while serving in the United States Air Force, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Though they lived throughout the United States, they were settled in Catoosa, Okla., at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, Dave; her son, David Jason and his wife Meg, and their daughters, Olivia and Lorynn (of Stroudsburg, Pa.); her daughter, Sarah Barker and her husband Justin, and their two children, Jack and Kate (of Richardson, Texas). She is also survived by four sisters, Susan Bayliss (New Bern), Edna Fitzgerald (Trenton), Yvonne Moore (Kinston), Mary Evans (Kinston), and a brother, Don Williams (Kinston), as well as many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jimmy and John. Hazel's life was a myriad of family, friends and animals. Her passion for animals was evident, whether it was one of the many basset hounds at her feet, the turtles in her yard in Texas, or the birds and squirrels frequenting her back door in Oklahoma. She was passionate about her children and was an active mother through the PTA and at the sidelines of swim meets. In recent years, she took great pleasure in enjoying the accomplishments of her grandchildren as they grew. If a life is measured in moments, Hazel's was full of laughter and joy. She found great pleasure in showing her love through a card she thought you might like or matching scarves for her sisters. In recognition of this, in lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Humane Society, or the Clarehouse in Tulsa, Okla. After memorial services in both Tulsa, and Trenton, N.C. she will be laid to rest at the family cemetery in Kinston, North Carolina. A local memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Trenton Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Proverbs 3:5, 6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, 2014