Hazel Jane Wright
August 15, 1924 – October 23, 2018
1924-2018 October 23rd is best described as bittersweet. Our sweet mother got to embrace the life of living in heaven, knowing it is peaceful and everlasting. We are happy for her.
Hazel was born August 15, 1924 to Mr. and Mrs. L. Libengood in Detroit Michigan. Her childhood was like many of the depression era. Those lean times instilled her a will to survive and be a successful woman and to step up to many challenges that would come her way in life. She educates herself in every way possible with life experience.
At the age of 19 she met a man on a bus that caught her eye. This young man would soon be shipped overseas to serve his country. Dating for 6 weeks led to a marriage before his departure. After the war they became employed by El Paso Natural Gas and lived in Oul Camp N.M. later they planted their roots down in Odessa. Soon they had a family of four boys, a house full. Hazel was gracious enough to welcome her father in law into their family unit. She became employed by Ector County Tax Office. She loved this time in her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church, American Business Woman, and Eastern Stars Friendship Chapter 1008. She loved weekly and monthly meetings and dressing up once a year to celebrate their accomplishments. In her mid-50's she and her husband got the opportunity to work overseas and "Game On"! They saw all the continents excluding Antarctica. She loved every moment.
Hazel loved to tell her stories any one and always had a pocketful of jokes. She was also passionate about the Permian Panthers Politics. She loved God and her family.
The last three years of her life she became quite mischievous. Loved to kid around. She made the best of all she could, embracing new friendships and surroundings. She was proud of her age and longed for heaven, smiling all the way. She was loved and she loved back.
We are eternally grateful, to those loving employees at Crane Nursing and Rehab Center, Nolan Nursing and Rehab Center, Kindred Hospice of Abilene, Leslie and James For their love, laughter and tender care during the last years of her life.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Neel, her parents and all her siblings.
She is survived by her children, Jeff Wright and wife Randi, Carl Wright and wife Diane, Mark Wright, Lewis Wright and six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church at 2:00p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, with Jimmy Braswell officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
- Family Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Hazel Jane Wright
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November 11, 2018
Hazel and Neel were so special to Phil and I. We loved having dinner with them or going out to their place. Hazel and I shared a love for New Zealand. We shared Essie Summer's books and her letters to both of us. Hazel gave me Neal Flett's painting and her books when she was packing things away. I'm so sad that we couldn't find her in later years. I tried. I just did not know how to get in touch with you guys when I could no longer email or call her. I just want you to know that we knew she was a real jewel and we loved her very much! I know she was a ray of sunshine and everyone loved her wherever she was! I am so happy that she lived a full life and we know she is in heaven!
October 28, 2018
Very much saddened by the news that now both Neel and Hazel have passed, but know Hazel will be totally happy as she is with her 'best friend' once again.
I remember with great fondness when they came to New Zealand, as Neel was working at the oil plant not far from where we lived. They lived in our farm cottage and what fun we had! They were such awesome people who joined in with our family and locality with no hesitation.
I will never forget the first time I met Neel complete with his fantastic hat and that awesome moustache - I had seen others like it, but only in Texas. :-) With us here being a somewhat 'English' part of the world, I invited Hazel over to the farmhouse for a cup of tea, and quickly learned that it was Coca Cola all the way!! We had some wonderful times on the farm, many, many happy Kiwi meals and then when they returned to New Zealand to visit, it was as if they had never left.
My thoughts are definitely with you all at this time .......... sad for you but happy for Neel and Hazel. xx