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Hazel Bernice (Greenlee) Paton


1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Hazel Bernice (Greenlee) Paton Obituary
April 8, 1925 - June 21, 2018
Hazel Bernice Greenlee Paton was born to Leslie and Marie Dahl Greenlee on April 8, 1925, in their home. Her lifetime desire was to go Home in her own home and her bed. Glory be to God that is what the Lord granted to her. Hazel went Home to her Lord on June 21, 2018.
She attended Glassell Park Elementary School and Eagle Rock Junior and Senior High Schools. All of her life she knew her high school sweetheart, Kenneth W. Paton. They married on May 31, 1941. She was a Navy wife, and on April 2, 1943, their son Kenneth B. Paton was born. While her husband was fighting for our country, their daughter, Karen S. Paton was born on July 15, 1945. Hazel always said that having her son and daughter were the most important things she ever did in her life. She loved her two children dearly. Hazel remained in the only family home she knew.
Hazel's loving husband predeceased her in March of 2000. Her daughter, Karen, moved in to care for her after a diagnosis of dementia and a fractured hip; she was her mother's caregiver until her death. Hazel was predeceased by her father, Leslie, in 1958, her mother, Marie, in 1983 and her sisters Emma Seltz and Selma Wiseman. Hazel is survived by her son, Kenneth B. Paton in Tacoma, WA; daughter, Karen S. Paton, LA, CA; three grandchildren Ruth, Sarah, and Kenneth; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Hazel's interests were knitting, crossword puzzles, and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She loved sewing, shopping; her favorite bargains were shoes and boots. She loved planting flowers mostly camellias. She loved doughnuts. She loved car trips with her daughter to Tacoma to see her son and grandchildren. She loved animals great and small, and music always filled the air in our home, especially Nat King Cole.
All her life she said, "I want to die in my own home in my own bed." Glory be to God. They watched their home being built by taking their kids in a wagon from Hazel's birth home to her new El Paso Drive home.
Her life was one of loving God, family, and friends. We love you so much our dear Mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. You are now safe in the arms of the Our Lord.
Services will be held at 3:00 PM, July 16, 2018, in Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, Burbank. Donations can be sent to Fixnation (fixnation.org) and Alley Cat Allies (alleycat.org), in Hazel Paton's name.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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