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Hazel Nelle  Astin Buchanan Nelson Spillman

Obituary for Hazel Nelle Astin Buchanan Nelson Spillman

February 10, 1918 - September 19, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 99


Hazel Nelle Astin Buchanan Nelson Spillman was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 10, 1918 at her parents' home on 926 West Woodlawn. On September 19th, 2017 at the age of 99, she passed away peacefully in her sleep. She spent her entire life in San Antonio.

Hazel Nelle was the only child of James Newton Astin and Hazel Delmo Adams Astin, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her three husbands, Morris Sheppard Buchanan, Samuel R. Nelson and Andrew W. Spillman and by her grandson Al Bill Buchanan. She is survived by her three children, Barbara Ruth Buchanan Walski, Albert Bill Buchanan and Nelle Buchanan Still. Her grandchildren include Lt. Col. William A. Walski, Col. Paul B. Walski, James A. Walski, Candace Buchanan Morgan, Rhonda Shacklett Gennarelli, Lisa Nelle Shacklett Head, and Alfred M. Shacklett. Hazel Nelle will also be greatly missed by her nineteen great grandchildren.

Tirelessly active in her church and community and in numerous charitable causes, she generously served as president of numerous organizations. These included the Texas Association Hospital Auxiliaries, Inc., the Blue Bird Auxiliary to Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital (also Life Member), the Woman's Club of San Antonio, the Agarita Garden Club, the San Antonio Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Mary Baldwin College Alumnae of San Antonio, and the Alpha Delta Pi Mother's Club of San Antonio. She was also president and Charter Member of the Colonial Dames of XVII Century (Robert Speer Chapter).

She also supported and participated as a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Alamo Mission Chapter), the Daughters of the American Revolution (Ol' Shavano Chapter), the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the Nile, the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, and the San Antonio Women's Federation. She was a Life Member of the Bexar County Hospital Auxiliary, the American Association of University Women (San Antonio Branch), the 100 Club of San Antonio Fire Department and Police Officers, the San Antonio Fiesta Commission, the San Antonio Art League, the Salvation Army Auxiliary, the President's Council of San Antonio Hospital Auxiliaries, the Woodlawn Camera Club, and the Texas Brahman Association.

Hazel's participation in social clubs and activities included the San Antonio Knife and Fork Club, "K" Supper Club, Revelers, Sonterra Country Club, and the Petroleum Club of San Antonio. She was a Patron Member of the McNay Art Museum. Beginning in 1936, she started an enduring fellowship lasting over 60 years with several life-long friends who enjoyed playing for pennies at their weekly Bridge Club.

A member of Laurel Heights United Methodist Church since 1928 and baptized there as a baby, she was recognized in 2009 as the longest continuous member of Laurel Heights.

In recognition of Hazel's untiring and dedicated volunteer work over most of her adult life, she was chosen in 1961 as "Texas State Mother of the Year" for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and in 1965 voted "Club Woman of 1965" in Express News Outstanding Women of 1965. She is listed in the 1977 editions of Who's Who of American Women and Personalities of the South: Outstanding, Distinguished.

Hazel's education included McKinley Elementary, Travis Elementary, Mark Twain Junior High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School. Hazel and all three of her husbands attended these schools and graduated in May of 1935 as members of the first graduating class to complete all four years at Jefferson High. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, San Antonio Junior College, and was graduated from Incarnate Word College with BA degree in 1939.

Soon after, she married Morris S. Buchanan, who passed away just short of their 50th anniversary. Several years later she married Sam R. Nelson in 1990. They were married 13 years until his death. In 2005, she married Andrew W. Spillman. They were married until his death in 2016 at age 99.

Hazel Nelle had a long, full and wonderful life as a loving, dedicated mother and wife. She will be greatly missed by her family to whom she gave so much and by all others who were lucky enough to be in some way touched by her presence, kindness and generosity.

Funeral arrangements will be held at Porter Loring, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

Visitation will be on Sunday, September 24th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Funeral service will be Monday, September 25th, at 10:00am.

Burial will follow immediately at Mission Park South, 1700 Southeast Military, San Antonio, Texas 78214.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woman's Club of San Antonio, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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