Hazel Beth Scott (97) passed away on May 10, 2017. She was born on October 7, 1919 in Fairfield, Idaho to Harry Alvin and Clara (Couch) Grimm. Hazel had two sisters and one brother; all preceding her in death. The family moved to the Richland area when the children were young for Harry to work and she graduated from Richland High School.
Hazel was raised in a Christian home that was full of love; love of music (her father and brother later played in many of our areas granges), love of hard work, love for others and of course love of family. Hazel never did acquire a great love of cooking but she none the less loved tending her large gardens year after year. Hazel was married twice and had three children; daughter Royce with her first husband and two sons Gary and Wayne with her second husband Don Scott.
She lost Don when he was only 48 and the boys were teenagers. The family was in California at this time. Hazel divided her life between her beloved Summit Valley home and California for much of her life.
She loved that her parents and other family members had settled in Summit Valley and her family soon followed, purchasing an adjacent farm. While the children were young she began work in Spokane, commuting to Sears as a merchandiser. She retired from Sears with 25 years service. Somewhat of a workaholic, she put in many long hours while Don ran the farm. Even though Hazel was no stranger to hard, long work she was still a devoted wife and mother. Family was very important to her and she made the most of her time with them. Never one to have a temper, she just dealt with issues as they arose in the most logical way she could. She read bible stories to the children most every night. They learned to read even before entering school by these nightly readings.
Hazel was a woman dedicated to many loves and learning was a great love. She was interested and active in health practices like Reflexology and Iridology in their infancy stages of modern practice. Gary even took an Iridology course with her. She so enjoyed sharing the knowledge and techniques she learned. She helped a great many people throughout Washington and California over decades. Her iron grip and healing touch are loved and missed by many. She provided miraculous relief to those she assisted and often only accepted small five or ten dollar ‘donations’ for her service. For some years she divided her time with six months at Summit Valley and six months in California. Clients in each area would anxiously await their six months of treatment. She studied throughout her life, loved doing crosswords, reading (especially scriptures), music, dance and poetry, gardening and serving others.
Hazel’s only daughter Royce, passed when she was only 31 years old, leaving a son (Rick) and daughter (Julie). Their father was not in a position to have the children full time and so the rest of their childhood was divided between other family members. Julie is most thankful for all of her time with Granny. Even as an adult she could not live away for very many years as she missed having time with Granny. Hazel raised her more as a daughter than granddaughter; they both cherished the relationship they had.
Hazel was a woman full of integrity and love; praise and humor; grace and compassion; intelligence and purpose. She was a woman born with a mission to serve others and that is exactly what she spent her life doing. Her desires were for others to have their needs met. She gave to herself last, if at all. For loved ones and friends the memories her life gave will bring comfort in the years ahead.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands Leroy Hewitt and Don Scott; siblings Lucille, Everett and Lois; daughter Royce and son Wayne. Hazel is survived by her son Gary Scott of Bear Lake ID; granddaughters Julie Reece of Colville, Beth, Sindy and Traci; grandsons Rick Davis of Bakersfield CA, Jarrod, Dustin, Braden and Eric Scott and a large extended family.
Please visit www.danekasfuneralchapel.com and sign the online memorial. Please revisit the site as summer approaches to check for information about the Celebration of Life that will be held later this summer.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with all the arrangements.