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Vera Lou Hazel (nee Terry)

December 6, 1930 March 1, 2022
Vera  Lou Hazel (nee Terry)
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If I leave this world of sorrow, Sometime before you do. Just look for me in Heaven, and we’ll talk the ages through…
On December 6, 1930, Vera Lou Hazel (Terry) was born to Hal and Annie (Palmer) Terry in their home near Eddyville, IL. She was the youngest of three sisters; Virginia Gray of Simpson, IL and the late Janet Jackson of Eddyville, IL. She also had two half siblings; the late Bill Palmer of Eddyville, IL and the late Lillian Gable of Huntingburg, IN.
Her family attended both Eddyville Baptist Church and New Liberty Church near her home, where she professed her faith in Christ at an early age.
Vera was a student at Frieze School, which was very near the house that she lived in during her childhood and adulthood. Years later, she enrolled in GED classes along with many others from the Eddyville area. She was proud to have been the only one who passed the exam on the first try.
On July 15, 1949, Vera became the wife of John David (J.D.) Hazel, son of William Elmer Hazel and Eula (Wayne) Barger both of the Eddyville, IL area. J.D. and Vera had four children: Elbert Lynn (Dellenia) Hazel of Ledford, IL, Linda (Jeff) Aly of Eddyville, IL, Debra (James) Cook of Texarkana, TX, and Dawn (Norman) Maynor of the Eddyville, IL area. She was the grandmother of 14: Melinda Cates, Jennifer Hazel-Mumbower, Heather Nyberg, Sarah Hazel, Jeremiah Hazel, Joshua Hazel; Erin English, April Hogg, Jeffrey Aly, Amber Aly; Patricia Hinojos, Brandy Hall; J’nessa Stone, and Christopher Reed. She was the great-grandmother of 29: Zachary, Madison, and Lauren Holmes; Dusty and Mikaylah Schapmire, and Lincoln Murphy; Matthew and Lucas Nyberg; Korreyleigh Hazel; Kainen and Drake Hazel; Levi and Jordyn Swinford; Rylee, Shelby, and Cyrus Hogg; Brooklyn and Alain Aly; Anita Wright; Stephen, Devon, and Dakota Hinojos; Taylor and Cooper Hall; Triniti, William, and Samantha Stone; and Smith and Sloan Reed. She was the great-great-grandmother of 2: Marshall and Ronin Swinford.
Vera and J.D. moved to Elgin, IL to find work soon after they were married. Vera worked as a switchboard operator for the Jewell Tea Company while J.D. worked at various factories. They soon relocated back to the Eddyville area, where they resided in Vera’s childhood home. Once all of her kids were in school, Vera began working at Sew-N-Save Fabric Shop in Harrisburg, IL. She later began driving a bus for R.I.D.E.S. and maintained the position of driver for more than a dozen years. She also operated her own quilt shop for many years.
Growing up, Vera was a tomboy who preferred to be outside working alongside her father on the farm. It was said that she could pitch hay as well as any boys her age. Vera was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed watching tennis and she rarely missed a St. Louis Cardinals baseball or UK men’s basketball game on the television or radio. She especially liked going to ballgames to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren compete. This is not to say she was just a spectator. Vera and her friends Marilou and Betty Lou, grew up playing ball with the boys from Eddyville, IL. As an adult, she played on softball leagues at both Golconda and Harrisburg, IL well into her 40s. She also bowled for nearly 50 years and was on a women’s bowling league in Harrisburg, IL.
Even though she preferred the outdoors, Vera was a skilled homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress, capable of sewing anything from beautiful quilts to clothing for her family. She often donated homemade quilts to local charity and fundraising efforts. Over the years, Vera also gave numerous quilts as gifts to many family members and close friends. Vera did not like being idle with her hands, which was evident by the projects around her chair that she was either sewing or crocheting.
Vera was an avid reader and loved to work on crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She loved playing card or board games with her family and friends, sometimes late into the night. She enjoyed maintaining healthy flower and vegetable gardens. She helped J.D. in the field driving tractors whenever she could.
J.D. and Vera were married for 68 years, until his death in 2017. Throughout their long lives together, Vera and J.D. enjoyed raising and spending time with their family. They loved hosting large family reunions at their home, and you could count on them having everyone over for chicken and dumplings at every holiday. They also loved to travel, having visited all 48 continental states and many Canadian provinces. They both enjoyed camping as well, becoming part of a dedicated group of family and friends who would often camp together.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents Hal and Annie; brother Bill; sisters Lillian and Janet; her beloved husband of nearly 69 years, J.D.; an infant son David Martin Hazel; grandson Jeremiah Hazel; and twin infant grandchildren, Michael and Michelle Hazel.
Vera often stated over the years that, “I was born in this house, and I intend to die in this house”. In the early morning of March 1, 2022, Vera achieved that goal when the good Lord took her home to be with Him.
…For I’ve been longing, and I’ve been waiting, for the Precious, Holy One to see. There I’ll be through the countless ages, Look for me at Jesus’ feet.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Eddyville I.O.O.F. Cemetery, c/o Mark Aly, PO Box 69, Eddyville, IL 62928.
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Visitation

Thursday

3

Mar

6:00 PM 3/3/2022 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/3/2022 8:00:00 PM
New Liberty Church

Old Tannery Road
Golconda, IL 62938

New Liberty Church
Old Tannery Road Golconda 62938 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

4

Mar

11:00 AM 3/4/2022 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 3/4/2022 1:00:00 PM
New Liberty Church

Old Tannery Road
Golconda, IL 62938

New Liberty Church
Old Tannery Road Golconda 62938 IL
United States

Service

Friday

4

Mar

1:00 PM 3/4/2022 1:00:00 PM
New Liberty Church

Old Tannery Road
Golconda, IL 62938

New Liberty Church
Old Tannery Road Golconda 62938 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Eddyville Cemetery Final Resting Place

Washington St
Eddyville, IL 62928

Washington St Eddyville 62928 IL
United States

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Eddyville Cemetery

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