Hazel Wrenn Luton

July 18, 1941March 12, 2019

Luton, Hazel Jones It is with a heavy heart that the family of Hazel Jones Luton announces her passing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 77. Hazel battled cancer for many years, never losing an exceptional passion for life or allowing it to slow her down. Hazel was predeceased by her parents Sidney Rivers Jones and Lena Whitby Jones, former husband Bob Black, and 11 brothers and sisters. Hazel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 25 years, Dr. James (Pete) Luton, and her children Kendra Novey, Allison Wrenn, and Randy Wrenn (Marcia). Hazel’s life was beautifully filled with the love of her eight grandchildren who fondly called her “MiMi” - Ashley Henderson (Kenny), Austin Perkins (Jessica), Anne Levy (Jake), Trae Wrenn, Casey Wrenn (Jennifer), Eric Lynch, Jonathan Wrenn, and Brent Novey. Hazel adored her great grandchildren Reed, Aiden, and Adaline Henderson; Hunter and Wyatt Wrenn; and Rooker and Kennah Wrenn. Her family also included four Miniature Schnauzers that were truly loved and adored: Sidney, Baxter, Max, and Dieter.

Hazel was a treasured staff member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry with a distinguished career that spanned 44 years. While there Hazel became beloved by not only the staff and doctors, but by hundreds of students with whom she shared a wonderful relationship. Hazel cherished these special friendships and remained a part of many students’ lives well beyond dental school. To this day she is cherished by the dental community throughout the United States and abroad. Hazel is also the only staff (non-faculty) member to have an endowment named in their honor at the school and is one of only three luminaries to have two different endowments named in their honor. In addition to her love of family, friends, dogs, and dentistry, Hazel was a fabulous cook. Her cakes, cookies, and muffins were famous and always in demand. MiMi’s Bump Cookies were especially a smash hit with her grandchildren and their friends. Any person who fell ill would also be treated to a special treat or homemade dinner. Hazel’s cooking was wonderful, not only for its delicious taste, but because she cooked out of love and concern for all. That was her secret recipe in the kitchen, as well as in life. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. Interment will be held at a later date in the family plot at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, VA 23847. For more information on pending date, please visit In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Hazel Luton Scholarship Fund: You may contact with any questions about the fund or donations.


  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hazel Wrenn Luton

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Belinda Charity

March 15, 2019

Allison,Kendra, & Randy Momma Hazel is alright . She's with my mom that fought the same battle back in 2015. Hazel was my adopted Mom who I loved so much ,I took care of Dr. Pete for while ,but I still kept in contact and visited. I love you, Lynn.

Bruce DeGinder

March 14, 2019

We send our love and condolences to all of Hazel's beautiful family! Hazel was such a breath of fresh air and sunshine to see during my dental school career--always there with that sincere and thoughtful smile, or quick with a joke to lift your spirits or one of her famous hugs! We meet many people during our lifetimes--but few touch our heart, souls and spirit the way Hazel did for everyone she met. I felt very lucky to have a few cherished opportunities to see and spend time with Hazel after dental school and I will always remember her positive energy and thoughtful concern for my own family. Thankfully her memories and love will live on anytime I see her picture or hear her name.

Anita Wilson

March 14, 2019

It has been an honor and a privilege to have had sweet Hazel in my life these past 10 years.It is rare in ones lifetime to come across such a marvelous woman, such a dear friend. I will forever keep her close in my heart.

Bert Radford

March 13, 2019

Randy. Allison, Kendra
I have known Hazel more than 60 years. She was always there and I will miss her forever. I remember you all as babies, and despite all the troubles she went through, she did not waiver! She loved you all unconditionally, and hopefully you can take that forward for her. God bless you. Hazel will always be in my heart.

Leslie Womack

March 13, 2019

In the summer of 1997, Hazel came to Dallas to assist me with the WREB. Among other things, I remember how she kept complaining about the heat. She just kept saying to me, “I don’t care, Leslie. Hot is hot!” She never let me forget it. Hazel was so good to me and I will be forever grateful. What a wonderful woman and a great friend. I’m so sad at her passing.

Stuart Mauney

March 13, 2019

Kendra, Allison & Randy,

Please know how sorry we are about Hazel. She was a special lady and so kind to Ginger and I, and the kids. She had so many friends and touched so many lives. And she was there for Pete all along the way. May you be strengthened by your faith and sustained by good memories.