Hazel M. Cook

June 14, 1926October 5, 2021

Hazel M. Ayers Cook, 95, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away October 5, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Hazel was born on June 14, 1926.

Hazel and James Campbell Cook were married for 74 years. Hazel was born in Kosse, Texas, to Clark L. Ayers and Bess L. Ayers on June 14, 1926; she graduated from Memphis High School in 1944. Hazel was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Hazel loved her Lord, shared that love with her children and friends, and was a member of Calvary Baptist for over 40 years. Hazel is survived by her son, Robert Cook and wife, Sarah, of Rockwall, her daughter, Donna C. Denton of Little Elm, her son, John D. Cook of Lubbock, her daughter, Marianne Anthony of Cumming, Georgia, her daughter, Mendy Billingsley and husband, Barry, of Weatherford, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, James, her parents, Clark L. Ayers and Bess L. Ayers, and her son James M. Cook.

A graveside service will be held at Resthaven Tuesday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. with a gathering of family and friends to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or your favorite charity.


  • Clark Billingsley
  • Bryce Billingsley
  • Brian Cook
  • Michael Cook
  • Nathen Taylor
  • Edwin Robles


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021


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Kristen Soble

October 11, 2021

In dedication to the life of Hazel Cook: June 14th 1926 - October 5th 2021

Dear Family, celebrate with me today the life of our (Nanny) Haze.

She was a free, passionate, fiercely loving, and wildly determined woman. Nanny was also beautiful and poised, seemingly elegant no matter what she was wearing. We will never forget the way she danced and sang to Doris Day and her favorite hymns through the house. Or how she flowed from room to room reciting scripture and speaking to God aloud like an old friend. Everything was always "goody!," (a phrase she would exclaim most often with a shake of her finger) and everyone was "dolly!," (a term of endearment and praise.) She loved to write letters and leave notes around the house--quickly scrawled sentences in wild script, broken with dashes and exclamation marks!-- just like the way she talked. Nanny Haze made the BEST banana pudding, which we all devoured with vanilla wafers. Many of us have tried to replicate this prized family recipe in our own kitchens, but alas we know it will never be quite as good as hers. She smelled of car-mex lip balm and mints, and had the softest hands and the biggest heart.

Her thoughtfulness and intuitive spirit was strongly connected to each of us in her own unique way. For me, it was best defined by my college years when I would escape to her and Pop's couch, homesick and eager for a nap. I would find her waiting for me on the front porch with a sandwich and chips when I hadn't even called to let her know I was on my way. Somehow, she just knew I needed her. Perhaps more importantly, through acts such as these, she let me know how much she loved being there.

Nanny Haze will live on forever in our hearts. We will miss her, but we are forever grateful to have been loved by her.

- Kristen (but also know as Tootie Girl, officially named by Nanny Haze )

"I'll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you."

Karen Hollon

October 7, 2021

To my precious Cook cousins: Thinking of each of you and your families in the loss of your precious mother who has reached her heavenly home with Jesus. We are praying for you. Psalm 23 Karen and Mike Hollon

My fondest memory of Aunt Hazel throughout my childhood was of her love for the Word of God, the Bible, and how she loved Jesus and in singing the songs of Jesus. This touched my life.

Aunt Hazel was little, but was full of Life and Spark. She has added a bright spot to Heaven for sure.