Hazel Lovelace

  • "Love you and miss you every day"
    - Arthur Lovelace
  • "Still love you more than I can say."
    - Art Lovelace
  • "Think of you and miss you every day"
  • "Hazel is my spiritual mother. I came with a confused mind..."
    - Thalia Borgen
  • "Hazel, Was going thru some old letters and paperwork and..."
    - Art Lovelace

Hazel E. Lovelace, 76, ascended to the next life early on April 7, 2011, while at home.

A celebration of life was held April 11. Burial will take place later this spring at St. Angelus Cemetery in Anchorage.

Hazel was born April 4, 1935, in Carcross, Yukon, Canada to Lucy and Johnnie Johns.

She was proud of being a full-blooded Tlingit.

She became a member of the Baha'i faith in 1962 and her destiny was set in motion with that decision. As a travel teacher of the Baha'i faith, Hazel traveled to more than 50 villages in Alaska, numerous Native American reservations in Canada and the United States, and 30 countries around the world. She was especially proud of being "adopted" by the Maori people of New Zealand.

Hazel loved to play bingo when she was home from her travels and formed many friendships over the years with fellow players. In spite of the crippling and painful effects of Parkinson's disease, she never lost her faith in God's plan; her spirit was steadfast and her heart radiant in surrender to what was.

She was enormously proud of her three daughters, Shirley Jarrett, Kelly Whittaker and Robin Lovelace-Smith of Anchorage, and her son, Bernie Calford of Canada.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Art Lovelace. In addition to her children and husband, she will be missed by her sons-in-law, Darren Lovelace-Smith and James Jarrett; Kelly's fiance, Kehl McCarl; daughter-in-law, Julie Calford; grandchildren, Josh and Amanda Calford, Barry Lovelace, Andrea and Collette Kawagley, Natasia Lovelace-Smith, Taku Lovelace-Smith, Jake Lovelace-Smith, Adam Stroh, Cody Stroh and Ian Whittaker, and granddaughter, Chelsea Stroh, her caregiver who made it possible for Hazel to stay in the home she loved. Her surviving siblings are Art, Ada, Bill, Charlie, Jerry and Victor.

Hazel was predeceased by her mother and father; sisters, Florence and Irene; and brothers, Red, Ronnie and Roy.

Hazel made an indelible impression on those around her and she will be mourned by her family, the Baha'i community and numerous friends throughout the world.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2011