- January 21, 1920 - November 24, 2011
- West Palm Beach, Florida
of Hazel's Passing
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“David MolsonDec 7 (2 days ago)to me Jim - my sincere condolences.It appears that your mother lived a full life and influenced many along the way ...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Williams - Belmont, MA - son
“Galen Guengerich firstname.lastname@example.orgDec 5 (3 days ago)to me Jim, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news a hard end to accept, no matter the...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: jim williams - Belmont, MA - son
“Thorsen AnnickDec 4 (4 days ago)to me Dear Jim, Over the years I've heard many heartwarming stories about your mother and your beautiful tribute to...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Jim williams - Belmont, MA - son
11:57 AM (22 hours ago)
to Christine, me
Christine and I are extremely sorry about the passing away of your mother and...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Williams - Belmont, MA - son
“So many memories on my mind of you, Hazel. So many good times shared with you too! Going to the beach, going to the Bonnet House in Ft Lauderdale,...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Butcher - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Williams Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I know that her memory will not cease and will live on in all her beautifull children and...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Jonathan Glass - NY, NY
“Our mother passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving evening at age 91. She was most certainly a full participant in what Tom Brokaw referred to as the...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: James Richard Williams - Belmont, MA
“Gram...I have been so blessed to have you in my life as my Grammy and as my friend. I will forever hold dear within my heart the memories of many...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Wendy Dyan - Avon, IN
“Thank you Gram for being not only one of the best grandparents but also a great friend! I am so fortunate in my life to have such a close...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Bob Williams - Philadelphia, PA
“Aunt Hazel was such a special person I was blessed to have her in my life. After Mom and Dad passed away Aunt Hazel became like a Mom to me, she gave...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Kaye Williams - Borden, IN
You were my mother-in-law for over 20 years and I will never forget you. There are so many memories of you with the kids. You always...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Shari Ford - South Bend, IN
Thanks for being my lifetime best friend. Always willing to listen, share in the joys and challenges life has to offer. Your no nonsense...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Joe Williams - Indianapolis, IN
“I love you Grammy. I will miss you dearly. Thank you for being not only my Grandmother but for being my friend. Thanks for the strength, love, and...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Suzette Bartylla - mishawaka, IN
“This overview was simply about a girl...a girl who built her own future. She was creative, articulate and passionate with her thoughts and her...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Jan Desin - West Palm Beach, FL
“Dear Williams Family,
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - IN
Hazel Jeanette DeVoss Williams
Mrs. Hazel Jeanette DeVoss Williams, 91, passed away on Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Hazel, born in New Albany Indiana, was the loving daughter to George and Lilly Orementa DeVoss and sister to Mary, Joe and Hank DeVoss. She married the love of her life, Eddie Williams, in her mid 20s and began her adventure of being a nurturing mother to three children, a committed wife and business partner and a great friend to many.
Hazel had a voracious appetite for history and enjoyed lively discussions about current and past events. She was a talented seamstress and created many of her best looks at her sewing machine. She was a committed Indianapolis Colts fan and was sure to wear her Colts hat on game day. She loved to travel with her family and friends and, like her dear mother, enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of gardening.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her brother, Hank DeVoss and wife Colleen; two sons and their spouses... Joe and Drena Williams; Jim and Melissa Williams and one daughter Jan Desin.
Hazel enjoyed with pride 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews and their families. She embraced her role as the matriarch of both DeVoss and Williams families and kept in contact with as many people as could as long as she could. At 90 years old she took on the challenge of moving to West Palm Beach to a new environment with new friends. She accepted this difficult task with grace and courage. For her 91st birthday Hazel even enjoyed a robust weekend of family and friends...with a surprise guest of her brother Hank flying in for the celebration. She took ill shortly afterwards.
Memorial services will be held in Indianapolis where Hazel will rest next to Eddie her beloved husband.
It is her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to Goodwill International Industries, Inc http://www.goodwill.org/ whose mission is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities. Her particular interests were support services for the deaf, services for the U.S. veterans and military families and being an environmental pioneer in the "reduce, reuse, repurpose" practice.
Her family extends their thanks to you for your prayers and thoughts as we celebrate her walk through life and rest in passing..
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-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan