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Mrs. Hazel W. Garwood

Obituary for Mrs. Hazel W. Garwood

November 13, 1919 - September 27, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 97


Hazel Wilson Garwood went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at her home in San Antonio, TX at the age of 97.

Born on November 13, 1919, she was known by various names to family and friends: Hazel, Mom, Lady G, Aunt Hazel, Grandma, Momo, and Grandma the Great.

The youngest of five kids, she grew up in Temple, Texas. She would refer to her younger self as a 'Tomboy.' No skirts or dresses for her; she was all about being outside, exploring, finding adventure and climbing trees. She loved playing sports (mostly football) and later regretted not having her sport-worn knees replaced. She carried the love of football and sports into adulthood. Little could tear her away from TV during football season, well, not much except her general disgust for her favored teams' owner Jerry Jones and comments he's made. She would tell people that post the Tom-Landry-Coaching-Era, the Cowboys just haven't been the same.

After grade school, she tested out several occupations that didn't quite fit (nursing school, retail merchant, etc). Nothing quite worked. God took care of her occupation when she met her husband, Bennett, at Kelley Air Force Base in San Antonio. She became a housewife, raising three kids. She would describe her skills as a housewife by saying … "As a housewife she was the best gardener around."

She and Bennett would leave Texas for several years living in New Orleans and Panama City, Panama. They always considered themselves Texans and would come back to Texas and eventually settle on the outskirts of San Antonio. A bit of country but close to the city; their small house was big enough to raise the kids and country enough to provide adventure. Hazel had a tender spot for animals and being on the outskirts of town, they often ended up with extra animals. All sorts of animals filtered through…fish, ducks, turkeys, guineas, chickens, goats, rabbits, pigs, calves, deer, cats, dogs and a mule named Francis. Some of the animals were raised for food and some were just family but all were spoiled rotten. She bottle-fed, an orphaned fawn she named Ginger. Ginger would come back for years and let Hazel hand-feed her.

After raising three children to adulthood, Bennett and Hazel's life together was cut short when he died after a home repair accident in 1972.

Hazel was a true story teller. She never lost her sense of adventure and would often share her adventures with others through vivid storytelling. She could make family members come alive again through the stories she shared. Though she would say, "never let the truth get in the way of a good story," and it was hard to tell if her stories were 100% truthful or not, her stories always held their own truth. The half-truths and mischievous side also carried over into her humor and her joy in laughter. She would trade greeting cards with family that skirted the edge of being morally sound. And she sometimes, went for the shock factor just to see what would happen, like the time she mentioned to her granddaughter when Hazel picked her up from school that the teacher walking across the parking lot had a nice backside. With the windows rolled down, the screeched reply from the granddaughter was to acknowledge that the teacher was her algebra teacher. "Well, I'm not dead," was Hazel's response.

Hazel was fiercely loyal to her family and protective of them as well. She didn't often hold back in terms of how she felt if a family member had been mistreated or if they were going down the wrong path. Once she point blank asked her great niece if she "ever got revenge on that (BLEEP) ex-husband of yours?"

She was a member of Coker United Methodist Church for over 60 years; and since she was part of the Coker family she liked to share the family stories of John and Joseph Coker and the Texas War for Independence and how the Coker's received the land as a thank you.

Hazel enjoyed sewing and making things with her hands. The motor in her sewing machine had to be replaced after she blew it out. She loved reading, games, mostly word or card games, playing Solitaire with REAL cards and having scrabble tournaments over weekend visits with family. She liked to travel through western adventures with Louis L'Amour books or happy endings with Debbie Macomber or Nora Roberts.

Hazel was preceded in death by several dear family members: her parents (Clarence W. Wilson and Hattie Mae Mitchell), siblings (sisters, Velma Wilson and Vera Hinyard and brother, Cecil Wilson), husband (Bennett Garwood), a daughter (Kay Fennell ) and son-in-law (Stephen Thomas Nash). At 97, she was at a point where she had out lived most of her dear friends. Her body gave her troubles as she got older and she could often predict weather patterns based on how her knees were feeling.

Hazel is survived by her son, Bennett Garwood, Jr.; daughter, Linda Nash; son-in-law, Rusty Fennell, nieces, Louise Harrison and Alice Gordon Lackness; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and four generations of nieces and nephews.

Hazel was a remarkable and caring person. She had the unique opportunity to physically and emotionally touch and influence the 4 generations that followed her own. In each case, she left seeds of love and wisdom that have, and will still, blossom for many years to come. Her lasting gift to her family is a legacy of love and laughter and numerous memories and stories that will be re-told over and over again. While her absence will be apparent at family gatherings, her legacy will live on through her family and friends and the unique bonds she held with each of them. The way she loved, shared her life and faith and laughter will be remembered. Her family and friends will carry her with them through the previously shared activities…working jigsaw puzzles, playing card games, or sharing stories around a table…and as they venture ahead through new adventures of their own making.

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