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OBITUARY

Hazel Rebecca Free

July 2, 1927June 18, 2020
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Hazel Rebecca Free, age 92, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away on Thursday June 18, 2020. Hazel was born July 2, 1927.

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, while at the same time celebrate her homegoing. She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Irene Leatherwood, husband (Lloyd), one granddaughter, two sisters, and six brothers. There remains her son, Richard (Roxanne), and two daughters Carolyn Murphy and Linda Ashe (Orville), six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and her brother Max Leatherwood (Angela).

In the early 50's she and her family moved to Daytona Beach and became a part of White Chapel Church of God in South Daytona. She was active in the Women's Missionary Society and absolutely loved working in their thrift shop. She enjoyed singing, whether at church or at home. She was a wonderful southern cook. Her biscuits were famous among her family and friends and readily available.

Hazel loved people and always had open ears to listen and an open heart to love. Her strong arms comforted many through the years. She had a talent for sewing and made the southern-style dresses for Aunt Catfish's "cousins" for several years. Her laugh was contagious and never far away.

The last verse of a poem written by her former pastor says it well:

Hazel's house is filled with folks who come Though most of her family is gone from home. But the world of Hazel is a lovely place, The crossroad of people and heaven's grace.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.volusiamemorialfunerals.com for the Free family.

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Melanie Phillips

June 25, 2020

Melanie Phillips

June 25, 2020

My grandmother Hazel Free anytime I came into her home I felt welcomed I loved the smell of her home cooking. I always looked forward to Thanksgiving dinners. Her love and her smile that she always had would always bring happiness to my heart. Grandma I will always love you and I will miss you but thank God you are a woman of God and I will one day see you in the heavens.

Jim Galbreath

June 24, 2020

Hazel was one of those rare people who always made you feel at ease and loved. She always had a smile on her face, always made you feel comfortable and never seemed bothered by anything. She was a constant source of light. She must have sewn hundreds of dresses for the waitresses at Marko’s, always with excellence and a cheerful heart. Her smile will never be forgotten. Her love will always be remembered. I know you are home at last and hearing those priceless words, “ Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into your well deserved rest. “ I have been blessed to have known you. Jim Galbreath

Cheryl Leatherwood

June 23, 2020

I remember Aunt Hazel was always smiling. Laughter bubbled out of her freely and often. She was a devoted wife and mother and brought her love of her Lord to share with anyone and everyone. She left a legacy of love, laughter, and song. Blessed Be.

Linda Brown

June 23, 2020

When I think of Hazel Free, I'm reminded of the song "Precious Memories - how they linger..." I have such "precious" memories of dear, sweet Hazel. She did so many things for so many people but you'd never know it because she just quietly did them, but never for show. Many were the times when she'd hem a pair of pants for me and not even charge me a dime because at the time I was a single Mom and didn't have much money. Hazel had a smile for everyone - and everyone LOVED Hazel! You'd always find her in the same pew every Sunday morning at church. Enjoy "eternity in Heaven" precious Hazel - You certainly deserve it!

Eileen Wagner

June 23, 2020

I remember working with Hazel at the Church Thrift Store. Working with her was such a joy. She always had a smile and a hug for me. :-)

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