Hazel Irene Docksteader (nee Cox) was born on January 9th, 1924 and was called Home to be with her Lord on December 27th, 2015, just thirteen days before her 92nd birthday.
Mum was born in Vernon, B.C. and grew up in the Lumby, Cherryville area with her parents, Hugh and Yvonne (nee Leger) Cox and eight siblings. She loved the outdoors. A tomboy at heart, she loved to hunt and fish with her father and brothers. Mum passed on her love of animals and the outdoors to her children. Many summers were spent with the family camping, fishing and picking Huckleberries. At a young age Mum helped her father deliver mail by horse team. That transitioned to her working at the Vernon Post Office right through to retirement. As much as she was one of the Okanagan Pioneer Women, Mum also had a softer side, keeping journals, reading, gardening and always having plants and fresh flowers in our home. She had a profound passion for all types of music, (turned up as loud as Dad would allow)! This is another trait of Mum’s we will always cherish.
Hazel and Bob met in early 1947 while attending Business College. The two were married only three short months after meeting, on July 2nd, 1947. They owned and operated a Dairy farm together in Armstrong. Vernon called them to leave the farm and build a life, home and family, raising three children, Richard, Gerald (Karen) and Sharon (Brian). The family flourished and soon Hazel and Bob welcomed the love of four grandsons, Shon (Crystal), Brett (Elizabeth), Nathan and Brandon (Sarah). Also surviving Hazel and Bob are four great-grandchilden, Baylin, Gavin, Jaxon and Leeann.
Family was always very important to Mum. Thank you Harold and Ron for your love and support, especially through these past four years. Thank you to “Team Hazel”, Meridian Rehab, Minda, Kaitlynn, Emily, Lovanda and Matt, and Michelle of Empowered Recreation and Rehab. Noric House – you will always be our “family” and to Christian, who restored Mum’s faith to love again through music, we will always be thankful to you.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Bob on December 30th, 2011.
We invite you to come to celebrate and honour with love the lives of both Hazel and Bob at Bethel Funeral Chapel on the day of Hazel’s 92nd birthday, Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Hazel and Bob to the charity of their choice.
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187