Virginia Lou (Beck) Hazard
URBANA: Virginia Lou (Beck) Hazard, 82 of Urbana, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 6, 2013 in Mercy Memorial Hospital. Born in 1930 in Canton, Ohio, she was a woman of faith. Considered to be the ultimate caregiver and a faithful friend to many, she maintained a positive disposition throughout her life. She will be dearly missed by many.
Virginia was first and foremost a woman of strong Christian faith who used her natural caregiver talents in the field of nursing. Graduating from the Aultman Hospital School of Nursing in Canton, Ohio, she became one of their nursing instructors. Raising her family in Dover, Ohio, she served as a nurse and director of three United Way Day Care Centers there. After moving to Marion, Ohio, she became one of the first nurses trained for Hospice at Marion General Hospital. In Urbana, Ohio, Virginia was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Dorothy Love Retirement Community Board, the Better Garden Club and the Arts Council. She was an avid OSU Buckeye fan through wins and losses.
She devoted her love and energy to her family, friends and charitable causes and was a thoughtful, caring lady with a keen wit and sense of humor. A devoted and loving fighter pilot's wife, she is survived by her husband, Dr. Francis Eugene Hazard of Urbana, Ohio. By his side, she supported his academic roles as Dean and Director of Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus, Dean of OSU Marion, and President of Urbana University. A loving mother and grandmother, Virginia is also survived by her daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Inkrott of Clayton, Ohio, Valerie (Jay) Mueck of St. Augustine, Florida, and Laura Brockway of Johnstown, Ohio; her grandchildren, James, Joseph, John, and Caroline Inkrott, Olivia Virginia and Alexander Mueck, Deborah and Matthew Brockway; as well eight nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Bowen and Edna Lucille (Loe) Beck and her brothers John, James and Joseph.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at the Urbana First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 12 with Rev. Jim Lillibridge officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be made in Virginia's memory to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, OH 43078.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com