Hazel Generva (Williams) George passed from this life and into the arms of her Savior on May 28, 2017. She was 101.
She was born in Caldwell, Idaho, to Theodore Leetus and Generva Lydia (Hibbs) Williams on April 24, 1916. She faithfully served her Lord all of her life, accepting Him as her Savior when she was four years old at her mother’s knee, Hazel told her family. She had two older sisters, Helen and Marita.
Hazel grew up in Greenleaf, Idaho, on a farm and attended school there, graduating from the Greenleaf Friends Academy in 1934. She attended her high school sophomore year at Caldwell and stayed with her Uncle Ledru and Aunt Alta Williams while there.
She attended Pacific College in Newberg, Ore. (now named George Fox University), except for her sophomore year when she attended Northwest Nazarene College in Caldwell to fulfill Idaho requirements for school teaching. While attending NNC, she roomed with her sister, Helen in a dorm.
Following graduation in 1938 from Pacific College, Hazel went to Woodland in the fall of that year to teach in a one-room country school. While at Woodland she met the love of her life, Arden I. George. They told their family that they went on dates by horseback and at first Arden rode one horse and led another one to where Hazel was staying, for her to ride, then later he would take just one horse and they would ride double.
Arden and Hazel were married in the Greenleaf Friends Church on Oct. 13, 1939. Theirs was the second to last wedding that took place in the old Friends Church before the new one was built.
On Feb. 28, 1942, Arden and Hazel had a son, Leetus Lorenzo, named after his two grandfathers, and on Feb. 23, 1944, a daughter arrived, Roberta Lucille.
Arden and Hazel lived and worked together on a 300-acre ranch at Woodland for 57 years. The family enjoyed many experiences together riding horses and caring for cattle. They attended the Woodland Friends Church and Hazel was their pianist all through the years she lived there. She loved playing the piano, singing the hymns, and reading her Bible. Arden and Hazel also worked for the Kamiah School District, Arden driving school bus and Hazel teaching the first grade for 20 years until retirement.
A year after Arden passed to his Heavenly Home on Jan. 11, 1996, Hazel moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg in February, 1997. And in November, 2003, she moved to Soldotna, Alaska, to live with her daughter and husband, Roberta and Jim Tuning. After 9½ years there, she moved into Heritage Place at Soldotna in May of 2013.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents Leetus and Generva, her husband Arden, her son Leetus, and her two sisters Helen and Marita. She is survived by her daughter Roberta, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A remembrance for Hazel was held at Heritage Place in Soldotna on June 3. Funeral and graveside services will be held at Woodland Friends Church in Idaho, on June 10 at 11 a.m., Trenary Funeral Home officiating, with viewing available at Trenary’s on June 9 from 2-6 p.m.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Gideons International or to a charity of your choice.