Obituary of Hazel Reed
Hazel Ogretta Reed was born on July 24, 1931, in Anderson, South Carolina. She was the fourth born child to the late Deroy and Daisy Reed.
In her 20s Hazel moved from Anderson, S. Carolina to Glen Cove, New York. After moving to Glen Cove Hazel joined First Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Jerry Baker. Hazel attended church for many years in Glen Cove while raising her two children: Mary (Dee) Delores Thomas and Charles (Chuckles/Buddy) Nicholson. Aunt Hazel cared deeply for her family and friends. Learning from her mother, Hazel was a very good cook and loved cooking for her family. While in Glen Cove she became the cook of the Bus Stop restaurant where people came from everywhere to eat. Hazel also worked as a beautician in Roslyn, NY. Hazel had beautiful hands and was asked to model her hands on several occasions in New York City while working at the beauty shop.
After raising her children in Glen Cove, Hazel moved to Roosevelt then to Uniondale and finally moving to Hempstead, to live for the rest of her life and made many friends. While in Roosevelt she joined the Blessing Center in Roosevelt, NY with Rev. Walker. Hazel loved attending church every Sunday until she was no longer able.
Hazel loved having fun and going on church bus rides. She also loved taking bus trips to Atlantic City with her friends. Hazel made many lifelong friends at church where everyone called her Mother Reed. She was a mother to everyone. Aunt Hazel loved cookouts in the park with her family and grandchildren. But most of all she loved spending time with her daughter Dee, going out to eat and shopping, they were best friends. Hazel was affectionately called “Brama” by her grandsons Timmy and Karone.
Hazel loved to talk and laugh, and it was easy for her to make friends wherever she went, and everyone called her Mama Reed. Hazel had a caring heart and a good Christian spirit, and she wanted everyone to be happy and have a big smile on their face. She was honest and forthcoming; always telling you how she felt. She could be feisty and stubborn but most of all she was kind and loving.
Hazel loved Christ and taught her children to love Christ too. She was blessed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with a long and beautiful life with many family and friends to share it with. We love you Aunt (Mama) Hazel! Rest in Peace in God’s Hands”.
Daisy/Deroy parents, Selma, George, Ruth, Cathleen, Roy, Bobby/siblings and Mary (Dee) predeceased Hazel. She leaves to mourn son Charles Nicholson of Hempstead, NY; grandsons Timothy/Lisa and Karone Thomas of Hempstead, NY; grandchildren Derek, Donte, Dejah, Timothy Jr. (Tim Tim) and Kiyah and 8 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Cora Reed of South Carolina; along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
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