Born Hazel Jeanne Edwards on October 29, 1928 in Hanley, SK. She loved growing up on the farm and always had a passion for animals and nature. Hazel attended Hanley School then enrolled in the City Hospital School of Nursing, where she lived in residence and met lifelong friends, graduating in 1950. She worked at SCH before moving and working at the University of Alberta. She met her beloved husband Lawrence at a dance and they were married in 1951, returning to Hanley. She was a busy farm wife, raising 6 children while gardening, baking, sewing, knitting, volunteering, curling and much more. She later returned to her passion of nursing in 1974 and drove to and from Saskatoon for 12 years. She was a very proud nurse and attended all SCH reunions, with the last one being held in 2019. Hazel received the honor of Golden Grad in 2000. She never lost her love for caregiving and was very proud to have been instrumental in developing the rural homecare and wellness program for Hanley. Following retirement, she continued to help provide care and drive ‘the old people’ as she liked to call them to appointments in the city. She was actively involved in the Hanley United Church and was apart of the town Farmers Market, her specialty being pies and her famous welsh cakes, she was also known for her bread and buns.
Hazel enjoyed family times at the lake, passing on her love for baking to the kids, she loved to cook for and feed the entire family and would never show up anywhere empty handed. In her later years she loved car rides, knitting, casinos and just watching people. She enjoyed big family meals and spending time with all her grandkids and great-grandkids.
Nothing slowed her down, she continued to do the same things she had always done because ‘this might be my last time’. Whether it was caring for others, knitting, devouring books, or baking, Hazel was active up until the very end.
Mom passed away on December 26, 2020 at home surrounded by family, enjoying the Christmas lights she loved.
She made an incredible impact on all that she met and will be forever remembered by family and friends as someone who always looked on the brightside and saw the positive in any situation, she had a heart of gold, was always eager to try new things, a great sense of humor and a zest for life that more of us need.
Hazel was predeceased by her husband Lawrence in 2000 after an incredible 49 years of marriage. Remembering Hazel are her 6 children, Gene, Laurie Kristianson (Gord), Julie Elliott, Rick (Ann), Mark (Melanie), Kurt (Shannon), 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
In the words of Hazel, “the world has had 92 years to enjoy me!” And a wonderful 92 years it has been.
At this time, there will be no service due to COVID-19. Cremation arrangements in care of Ashley Knash – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Hazel Libke December 26 2020..
Death notice for the town of: Saskatoon, Province: Saskatchewan