1922 ~ 2013
Hazel Blanche Rowe Busterud returned peacefully to our Heavenly Father on February 20, 2013.
She was born April 29, 1922 in Moore, Idaho, the daughter of Minnie Berry Rowe and Edward Morris Rowe. She had one sister and four brothers. The Rowe family moved to Provo, Utah where Hazel attended public schools. She attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
She was married to Douglas Busterud for 37 years. They were married in Yuma, Arizona during World War II. They moved to Salt Lake City and resided in the Canyon Rim Ward. Hazel lived in her Canyon Rim home for 52 years, and raised her daughter Connie and son Ron there. She was an active member of her ward, faithfully serving in many capacities in the Relief Society, Sunday school, Mutual, and as a visiting teacher. She was an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and enjoyed organizing the meetings and luncheons. She was blessed with a gift for entertaining and each meal she prepared, whether at home, at church or at work was beautifully presented. She had excellent taste in china and glassware and loved presenting her meals with elegance and class.
Hazel was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing with Connie. Connie had many beautiful clothes that she and Hazel proudly created. She was the family seamstress and mender; all of the family Boy Scout merit badges were lovingly sewn to the sash with pride. She and her sister Helen created beautiful wedding dresses for their daughters and grandchildren. Hazel loved needlepoint, and our homes have beautiful examples of the needlepoint artwork she completed.
Hazel worked for many years at the University of Utah library, retiring at age 82. She was very proud of her father who was a professor of English at BYU, and her mother who was a school teacher. Education was important in her family, and she loved being around the university students, staff and faculty. The students adopted her as a surrogate grandmother, and her desk was a first aid station and refuge for empathy and good advice. Everyone who met her was blessed by her kind, gentle and caring spirit.
Hazel bravely and tenaciously fought the effects of dementia in her last years. This disease affected her abilities, but she retained her love for her family and her kind, sweet and generous spirit. Hazel moved to Denver in 2010 and lived at the Homestead at Lakewood Assisted Living. She received loving and compassionate care at the Walden House Assisted Living and the Hospice of Saint John during her final month. She is survived by her sister Helen Cragun (104 years young!), daughter Connie (Rhyce) Moore, son Ronald (Joyce) Busterud, 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 East Center Street, Provo, UT. Friends may call at the mortuary from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Walden House (www.waldenhouse.us
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