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Hazel Marie Battey Weir

1922 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Hazel Marie Battey Weir Obituary
Hazel Marie Battey Weir passed away peacefully at Tapestry Senior Living at Lakeshore on August 28, 2018. Hazel was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 21, 1922.
Hazel is predeceased by parents, Hulda Mae and John H. Battey, of Pittsburgh, PA and Jacksonville, FL; ex-husband, Edward T. Weir of Pittsburgh, PA and Jacksonville, FL; son, Donald Edward Weir of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Betty Jane Miller of Jupiter, FL; sister, Sara Ann Adams of Jacksonville, FL; and best friend and companion, Kermit D. Highsmith of Flagler Beach, FL.
Hazel is survived by two daughters; Carol Ann W. Dobson of Scottsdale, AZ and Janice W. Hogenmuller (John) of Tallahassee, FL; four granddaughters and seven great grandchildren.
Hazel worked as a switchboard operator for Southern Bell during World War II and vividly recalled the flood of calls that lit up her board reporting a German Submarine spotted off Jacksonville Beach. She operated the switchboard at Jacksonville University in the 1960's and later at RC Motor Lines. Hazel Then worked her way up through the ranks in the trucking industry and was proud to be among the early women members of the Teamsters Union in Jacksonville. She retired from ABF Trucking in the mid 80's as a Teamster.
Hazel had boundless energy and loved caring for her beautiful lawn and garden in the numerous homes she owned during her lifetime in Jacksonville, Huntsville, AL, Ocala, Lake City and Flagler Beach. She could be found pulling and weed that dared intrude into her lush St. Augustine lawn or flowers beds. Hazel loved square dancing and ball room dancing throughout her life and spent hours designing and sewing fabulous dance attire for herself and her partner. She enjoyed Saturday evenings at the Pithian Center and German American Club with KD Highsmith and friends. When not busy in the yard or house, she and KD could be found RVing throughout the United States with weekend trips spent fishing and boating at Mosquito Lagoon. Their love of travel led them to Hawaii and Spain, on cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean, as well as the Mediterranean.
The family thanks, Deb Simmons and Tabitha Whitten of Senior Transitions, Big Bend Hospice, and the staff of Tapestry Senior Living of Tallahassee and Tallahassee Memory Care for their dedicated love, patience, and care over these past nine years.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1:00pm in Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, FL with Rev. Troy Ray offiaiating. Friends are invited to gather for luncheon in celebration of Hazel's life following the service.

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Sept. 14, 2018
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