Hazel S. LaPray was born July 29, 1924 in Springdale, WA to Joseph and Essie LaPray. She passed away days before her 92nd birthday on July 20, 2016. She was the youngest of six children. Hazel went to school in Springdale and graduated in 1942. She married Sid Loomis shortly after graduation on June 24, 1942. They lived in Clayton for several years where Sid worked at Clayton Brick Yard. They moved to Deer Park in 1952 where he worked for Deer Park Pine and later moved three miles east of Deer Park to a small farm. In 1960, they moved to Addy where they began the adventures of dairy farming. In later years, they moved to Cusick, Ione and finally Chewelah. Sid and Hazel were married 51 years before he passed away in 1993. Hazel belonged to the Addy Women’s Club for many years. She moved from Chewelah to Spokane in 2005 with her dear companion of six years, Harry Ness.
Hazel was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She stayed close to several of her childhood friends and always made new friends where ever she lived. Hazel was an excellent cook, and was especially known for her delicious fried chicken. She was a kind, loving person, and had a great sense of humor and sharp wit. Used to being the caregiver in her family, Hazel came to appreciate the caring staff of Hospice of Spokane.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Sid; brothers Al and Bill Biddinger, Jeff and Pat LaPray and sister Edith Downey. She is survived by her daughter Connie (Gordon) Jassman, Spokane; sons Mike Loomis (Tracy), Clarkston and Pat (Helen) Loomis, Arden; four grandchildren Lori (Gary) Schauer, Michelle (Dave) Read, Eric Loomis (Lynn), and Aaron (Johanna) Loomis, five great-grandchildren Rachel, Matthew, Alex, Aaron and Grant; many nieces, nephews and companion Harry Ness and his family.
A memorial service will be held July 30, 2016 at 11:30 am at the Salvation Army Chapel, 222 E. Indiana, Spokane. The family sincerely appreciates the excellent care provided by Hospice of Spokane at Hazel’s Home and at Hospice House North. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.