Feb. 11, 1916 - Feb. 17, 2013
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Hazel Williams entered her eternal rest peacefully at her home on Sunday Feb. 17, surrounded by her family. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday. Hazel was the light of her family's lives. She was sweet loving and always "saw the glass half full." Hazel will be remembered for her great sense of humor and her love of laughter. We, her family were all privileged to have her touch our hearts. Hazel was born in Burbank Washington to William Hayes Hedden and Myrtle Alice Pittock Hedden on Feb. 11, 1916. She was married to Kenneth G. Williams in 1941 and they had many happy years together before his passing in 1990. Hazel and Kenny had two children, Linda and Steve who along with their grandchildren became her greatest joy. Her secret to living a long life was "Just finding joy in EVERYTHING!" She was always Praising the Lord for the sunny days. Each day began with "This is the day the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be glad in it!" (Psalm 118:24)
Among her favorite pastime was going to yard sales and telling sellers she was 96 years old then always getting huge discounts, sometimes items for free! She was still driving and quite proud of her license renewal until 100 years old! She received that five year license after getting 100 percent on her extensive drive test. Hazel enjoyed many activities including endless games of Tile Rummy shared with family and friends. She drove to fitness class three times a week, enjoyed water aerobics in the summertime and luncheons with her many dear friends. She had been a Leisure Town lawn bowler as well. Hazel had a way of loving Absolutely Everything. Broken, soiled, chipped, it was all beautiful, "No one will ever notice"… She also had a love of animals especially her little dog and cat who were such good company.
Her many accomplishments include China painting, quilting, crocheting, and cooking picture perfect meals. She also enjoyed being involved in her many church activities at Valley Church and volunteer work reading to children. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was always in for any adventure and traveled to many places both here and abroad. She experienced her first limo ride at the age of 96 and was treated like a queen!
Hazel was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were her greatest joys. She leaves behind and will be missed by, Linda and Gary Johnson (daughter and son in law), Steve and Sherry Williams (son and daughter in law); grandchildren, Brendon Connelly, Erinn Hampton, Ryan Williams, Lacy Williams and her five great grandchildren, Benjamin Hampton, Sicily Hampton, Sadie Hampton, Truman Connelly and Asher Connelly.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m., at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Rd., in Vacaville. Viewing will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Vaca Hills Chapel and graveside service to be held on Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m., at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233.
Published in The Reporter on Feb. 20, 2013
Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home - Vacaville
524 Elmira Road Vacaville, CA 95687