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Hazel Foreman


1932 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Hazel Foreman Obituary
Hazel Foreman passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home on January 2 at the age of 86, most likely from heart failure.

Hazel was born February 29, 1932 in Salem to John and Agnes (Van Houten) Swanson. The family lived east of Salem on a farm near Stayton, then later moved to Salem. She joined three older brothers (Clarence, Wally and Lloyd) and a sister (Viola). Later, another sister (Sharon) came along. Her parents and all her brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

Hazel met Neil Foreman in Salem, and the two were married June 15, 1951. They had a son, Jeff, in 1952. They later moved to Eugene and had a daughter, Kathy, in 1960. Neil, her husband of 58 years, passed away 10 years ago.

She is survived by son Jeff (Barb) of Eugene, daughter Kathy Jones (Stan) of Eugene, and four grandchildren, Dylan (Christy) of Durango, CO; Duncan (Alex) of Eugene; McKenzie Fulkerson-Jones (Tori) of San Francisco, CA; and Trent Jones of Eugene. She had four great-grandchildren, Hudson, Nora, Hunter, and Weston.

Being born on February 29 made Hazel a leap-year baby. She had a "real" birthday once every four years. She had great fun with her unique birthday - like saying she has had only 21 birthdays. Her family also liked to play along, and two years ago when she had her 21st birthday, they asked the restaurant server to card her because she turned 21 that day. Hey, she got a free dessert.

Hazel was fun-loving and always said she "lived in the best of times." She enjoyed life, from her early days on the farm through her child-rearing years, then onto her time working for Bethel School District, and finally into retirement when she and Neil traveled across the country together. As Hazel would often say, "Neil liked to drive, and I liked to gawk and look at everything."

For Hazel (and Neil too), the thread that ran through it all was that family is #1. Family vacations to Sunriver and South Twin Lake in Central Oregon and Monday Night Football family dinners were staples. Nothing gave her more joy than a family gathering.

She was a kind, caring, and giving person. She will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to meet her. As per her wishes, no funeral service is planned. A family gathering in her honor will be held at a later date. If you would like to log in and leave a memory of Hazel, her family encourages you to do so.

Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Jan. 13, 2019
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