Hazel Belle Evans
Hazel Belle (Brumley) Evans passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019.
She was born on February 4, 1923 in Iberia, Mo., where she grew up on a farm with no electricity or plumbing. The fourth of seven sisters, she combined with two of her sisters to win the high school state basketball championship.
After attending Missouri University on a scholarship, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942 to work at the newly opened Pentagon. After Hazel left Missouri, the entire family moved to the town of Ceres in central California, enabling farming in a more dependable climate.
In D.C., Hazel met and married William R. (Bill) Evans, whose mother (Annie Baer) was a Fernandina Beach, Fla. native and member of the 1901 St. Peter’s Church choir. In 1945, Hazel left the Pentagon to raise the first of two sons at their house in the Anacostia area of D.C. With boys in tow, Hazel and Bill drove cross country to visit her California family four times, touching all 48 contiguous states, plus Mexico and Canada. She was active in supporting her children through leadership positions in the PTA, St. Mark’s Church (D.C.), and the Boy Scouts. Her house was always a magnet for the neighborhood children with frequent homemade cookies and her eagerness to create a game or contest keeping the whole group entertained.
By 1963. her boys needed slightly less supervision and Hazel returned to work at the U.S. Treasury Building (seen on the back of the $10 bill). She retired from the Treasury in 1985, taking up and developing considerable proficiency in tennis and in golf. In golf, she won multiple club championships, recorded her first hole-in-one at the age of 81, and continued playing into her early 90s.
In 2009, her husband passed and Hazel relocated to an apartment in Alexandria, Va. She moved again in 2014 to Osprey Village in Fernandina Beach to be close to her sons in Amelia Island and Summerville, S.C.
Her daughter-in-law accurately summarized her life: “There was no one that didn’t like Hazel.”
Private services will be held at a later date.
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