August 24, 1919 - August 5, 2017
Hazel Teague Crothers passed away peacefully the morning of Saturday August 5, 2017 at The Haven in Pineville, NC. Hazel was the youngest of 9 children born to Elias Ewing Teague and Willie Foy Burgess Teague in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma on August 24, 1919.
She graduated from El Reno High School in 1937. The very independent, adventurous young woman took a bus to Oklahoma City where she lived at the YWCA and put herself through Business School. She worked as a secretary for The Boy Scouts of America for several years. She and her best friend from high school loved to dance and travel - even taking a bus to New York City! In the early fall of 1941, she met H.B. Crothers, a young cashier with Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. They were married 2 months later on November 29, 1941.
While H.B. was in flight training for the Army Air Corps during WWII, he and Hazel lived at various Military Bases. Once he was deployed, she lived with her in-laws in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their first child, a boy, was born in Little Rock at the end of the war. Two years later, H.B. took a job with Jefferson Standard in Charlotte, NC. A daughter was born one month after their move. Ten years later, a second daughter was born.
Hazel was very active in League of Women Voters serving in several officer positions, was a member of the Methodist Women of Hawthorne Lane Methodist Church, and later Myers Park United Methodist where she also taught 5th grade Sunday School for several years, and later in her life was a member of the Ruth Fisher Sunday School class. She loved gardening and was a member of the Foxcrofters Garden Club. She had a particular love for and knowledge of the wildflowers that grew near their vacation home in the NC mountains. Another love was reading. She often visited the Public Library and usually had 2-3 books going at a time. She was a member of the Trend O' Times Book Club for many years. A lifelong learner, she took a Real Estate licensing course in her early 60's just for the sake of learning. She took computer courses in her 70's and became quite computer-savvy. Hazel enjoyed golfing with H.B., their friends and the 9-Holers of Carmel Country Club as well as Hound Ears Golf Club in the NC mountains.
In 1992, Hazel and H.B. moved to Southminster Retirement Community where she lived for 24 years until November 2016. During that time, Hazel served on the Residence Council, the Resident Welcoming Committee, sang with the Treble Makers chorus and was a vital part of Southminister life - having lived in a cottage, apartment, Assisted Living and finally in Skilled Nursing.
Hazel's greatest love was her family - children and grandchildren of whom she was very proud! She will be remembered by her family for being a strong, extremely independent woman - a trait she passed on to her daughters and granddaughters. Her family rarely saw her without her signature color of red - in her clothing, her lipstick and perfectly manicured nails! She had a strength, tenacity, joy in life and natural youthfulness - no matter her circumstances, she always said, "I love life - I'm happy to be alive!" Even at the end, she had her sweet smile on her face.
Hazel was predeceased by her husband, H.B., in 2001. She is survived by her son, Bill Crothers and his wife, Buffie, of Fort Mill, SC; daughter, Sally Ramirez of Rock Hill, SC; daughter, Susan Moore and her husband, Bob, of Weddington, NC; 6 grandchildren - Shannon Fells (Don) of Indiana, Jason Huntley of Rock Hill, SC, Dana Obrist (Patrick) of Charlotte, NC, Robert Moore (Carra) of Memphis, TN, Hillary Moore and Jennifer Moore both of Washington, DC; and her great-grandchildren, Bristol Fells, Ryan Obrist, Delaney Obrist, and Campbell Moore.The family wishes to thank the whole staff of Southminster Retirement Community for the wonderful years Hazel had there, and the staff of The Haven where she spent the past 8 months and their wonderful care of and love for "Miss Hazel".
Interment will be private for the family. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.