Smithers, Hazel Hannah Mary (nee Wilmot) - Hazel passed away peacefully on June 8th with her daughters and grandson at her side. She attended church for the last time the previous day and even though she could not sing, she enjoyed hearing some of her favourite hymns one last time. Although small in stature she was large in spirit and her life was filled with courage, dignity and strong beliefs. Hazel was a founding member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church where she served as Treasurer and a loyal choir member for many years. Hazel was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the United Commercial Travelers, and the Memorial Boys and Girls Club, where she made lasting friendships. She also put in many hours as a volunteer for both the Grand Theater and Orchestra London. In her ‘spare’ time she worked at the Royal Bank on Hamilton Road until she retired. Alzheimer’s Disease gradually stole Hazel’s abilities and independence. Thankfully, she was still able to enjoy life as she knew it including the wedding of her oldest grandson Paul to Sarah last spring. She also adored her other grandson James and his partner Amanda, and of course her ‘little’ grandson Patrick. Hazel was devoted to her daughters Jo-Anne (Richard) and Gloria, doing everything she could to support them in their careers and in their lives. She also loved her husband Joseph, who died in 1991 and who will now be introducing her to all his heavenly acquaintances. Over the past few years, Hazel grieved the loss of her sister Nancy, as well as her brother Ken and his wife Helen. In spite of these losses, she appreciated continuing to see Nancy’s husband Gray and their daughter Leigh with her husband Richard and son Gabriel whenever they were in London. Hazel loved the outdoors, her gardens, and all animals (with the possible exception of mice). She will be especially missed by KitKat who enjoyed spending hours on her lap in her wheelchair as they both basked in the sun, and took care of any mice in the area. Hazel’s family would like to express their appreciation to the Third Floor Caregivers at Extendicare London whose kindness made her final years more liveable. Our thanks also goes to Dr. Kandice McKee for her sensitivity, skill, and wit. Visitations will be held at Harris Funeral Home from 6-9pm Friday June 12th. Hazel’s funeral service will be at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 245 King Edward Avenue at 10am Saturday June 13th with internment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, or the Memorial Boys and Girls Club.
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