Hazel Carpenter lost her battle to cancer at the age of 59, on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. She passed away in her home located in Nevada, Mo., surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on May 14, 1947, in Mercedes Texas. Hazel was the daughter of Walter and Callie Pringle. Hazel married Lawrence Carpenter on June 20, 1970, in Harlingen, Texas. Together they moved to El Dorado Springs, Mo., and a few years later relocated to Nevada. They were married 29 years.
She retired from the Missouri State Hospital in Nevada. After their children had grown, she obtained her CDL and joined Lawrence on the road for approximately five years. Later in life, she worked at Cottey College for a short period, where she met several good friends. She also volunteered her time at local charities. Hazel loved the Lord and was a member of Anchor Fellowship Church in Nevada. She enjoyed working with members of the church on countless drives and projects for the church and community. She loved gardening, crafts and sewing but mostly loved to spend time with her family and friends. She especially loved to watch her children and grandchildren play their school sports.
She is survived by two sons, Tom Silvola and Lisa of El Dorado Springs, John Silvola and Pattie of Winnona, Miss.; three daughters, Charlotte Gooch and Randy Loyd of Metz, Mo., Deanna Cullison and Richard of Garland, Kan., and Melissa Hendrix and Gene of Nevada. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren; Lauren, Brooke, Brandon, Cody, Trey, Brittney, Cody, Emily, Laura Lane, Blake, Lacie, Lena, Seath, Dalton, Dillon, Austin, Sydney, Cori, Blayne, Joe; one great-grandson, Riley; four sisters, Margarete Hazelwood, Cora Brown, Gladys Brooks, Chestine Boettger; and one brother, August Boettger. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; and one sister, Mary.
Family will receive visitors this evening, Dec. 19, from 7-9, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Deepwood Cemetery at 10 a.m.
Donations may be made to the Vernon County Cancer Society and can be sent to Evergreen Memorial Chapel.