Hazel Miller, age 88 of Fair Oaks CA, formerly of LaFollette, TN, was called to her heavenly home Tuesday, August 9, 2022. She retired from the Campbell Country Clerk Office in Jacksboro Tennessee many years ago. She shared a beautiful life in Lafollette Tennessee with Bill Miller her husband until his passing in 1996. She eventually moved to California to be near her Sons Larry (Diane) and Terry (Merce) and Grandson Tyler. She had been a fighter the past 2 years. A series of events she went through took a toll on her health. Breaking her neck while weeding her garden 2 years ago started it. Going through that, along with all of the Covid restrictions was not easy. But she rallied and got stronger.
Then in April of this year she had a fall and broke her upper leg. Months of skilled nursing and trying to do rehab was just so hard on her. Then she was hospitalized for pneumonia a few weeks back and had been weak and tired ever since. Her lung issues were making it difficult to breath. Her body just gave out.
It’s been a tough few months for all of us. We are so saddened by this loss. But we know she is at peace and is reunited with the love of her life Bill. Hazel loved gardening, birds, flowers, and all of God’s beautiful creation. She liked her coffee weak 1/2 hot water 1/2 coffee- many of you know that it was always an adventure to get it right with the waitress in a restaurant!
She loved See’s Candy and most sweet treats. Especially her Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, Pralines & Cream and Baseball Nut. She did enjoy Ruth’s Chris Petite filet and Cattleman’s prime rib on special occasions. And, of course, a good biscuit and gravy, only to be found in Tennessee. Playing games and cards was something she really enjoyed. She was a real competitor. She would love to accuse you of sandbagging! There would be lots of laughs around a game table with Miss Hazel.
She was a feisty little one for sure. She was always so funny when people would notice her accent and ask where are you from? She would say New York City…. then just watch and wait- then she would laugh and say, Oh I’m from Tennessee. She loved Tennessee. The dogwoods and the fall colors were her favorites. Among seeing her family and friends that are there. And, of course, trips to the Smokey Mountains or to the Beach with her cousins and sister was top of the list. Going to Napa for lunch-was a highlight for her- especially if the mustard was in bloom. She treasured her family, especially her sons- Larry and Terry. She was so proud of them. She looked forward to her visits with all of us. If we were going on vacation she would always say “I miss you already.” She liked to see her “Sophie Girl” for Kisses-licks and wags, that always made her happy. She loved the Lord and going to church. She enjoyed singing and had a beautiful voice. After Covid things changed a lot -she watched Charles Stanley and Joel Osteen on TV. She enjoyed watching Jeopardy, Hallmark movies and of course her Tennessee Vols. She wrapped the most beautiful gifts, until her arthritis got the best of her. She prayed and worried for her family and friends, we often told her we didn’t need to worry about anything- you do enough for all of us. She would just smile and say it is because I care. She got lots of complements on her beautiful hair- she had it done every week. She would say it was her “paint and body day”!
No matter what she was wearing she always looked so classy and put together even in her sweats. Pink was one of her favorite colors- all shades! She loved writing cards and getting cards. And she saved many of them over the years. She would never pass up the chance to go to a Hallmark Store. We thank all of you for the cards, calls, flowers, meals out, trips, taxi service and visits to Hazel over the years, you always brightened her spirit. She knew she was loved. We will always cherish, love and celebrate our sweet little Hazel.
She is survived by her sons Larry (Diane) and Terry (Merce), Grandson Tyler, Sisters Juanita and Jewel. And a host of other family and friends who mourn her passing.
She is gone from this earth but never forgotten. We know that we will meet again. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 5:8
She is now in perfect health and at complete peace with Jesus and her dear loved ones. Good bye Hazel, “We miss you already!”
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Cooligde First Baptist Church – 2486 Long Hollow Rd, La Follette, TN 37766 ~1 423 562 6360
Family will receive friends Saturday, September 10, 11 AM with service to follow 12 Noon at Coolidge First Baptist Church. Interment to follow by her beloved Bill at Bakers Forge Cemetery.