HAZEL GUMBRELL

HAZEL FAITH GUMBRELL

(née Downing)                                 

30th June 1923 – 29th September 2013

Hazel passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning with her daughter and a friend with her for that final journey.

Hazel was a kind, gentle and quiet person who cared passionately for her family. Her love for her husband Denis, who sadly passed away in January 2009, was amazing. She would do anything to protect him. She never really recovered from losing him, they did everything together.

Hazel was born in Boxburg, South Africa in 1923. She arrived 2 months early and loved to tell the story of how she was kept in a size 5 shoebox. I wonder if it was a Canadian or British size 5!

Hazel joined the South African Woman’s Air Force when she was in her late teens and eventually ended up in Cairo where she met Denis, who became the love of her life. They married in England in December 1947. After a few years in England Denis took up a position as an airline pilot in Trinidad, West Indies. They had many happy years there and stayed until retirement in December 1984.

Hazel was very happy to go along with Denis’s passion for travel.  They then spent the next 8 years traveling the world. In 1992 she told Denis that she wanted a place to hang her clothes and a little garden to grow some vegetables. This is when they found Vernon, the place they considered ‘home’. They had many happy years here and made lots of wonderful friends.

Hazel has left a memory for her family to be proud of in the way she handled her loss of Denis. Her mental & physical decline was met with absolute courage. She is now at home with Denis and relieved of that mental and physical pain. She has left a void in the lives of her children Stephen & Dorothy, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

Our sincere thanks go to: Dr Waldron for his amazing care over the last 20+ years; to the staff and residents of Noric House who have become our extended family, their love and care has been amazing; to Michelle (Driving Miss Daisy), who cared so much for Mum, taking her for drives when she was able and laterally spending time doing crafts, baking etc with her. Finally, to friends who visited Mum when her family were back in England. Special thanks to Elizabeth, Pat & Wendy who were always there.

A celebration of life will be held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Friday 25th October at 2pm.

No flowers please. If you would like to make a donation, the recreation department at Noric House would be our choice.


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