LifeQs

Hazel Marie Scott

Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.

Post a photo from each decade of Hazel's life

John Scott
Working on the yearbook in the 1950s.
John Scott
I believe this photo was taken early in the last decade of her life, so somewhere in the 10s.
John Scott
This photo was taken by my brother Phillip in the late 1970s when we went on an excursion to Canada by bus. I'm struck by how happy my mother was in this moment, and so grateful that Phil was able to capture it.

What did Hazel love?

John Scott
Although family is an obvious answer, there are other things as well. Mom loved her cats. She would pet them for hours in the morning, and give them cantaloupe rinds to lick.
John Scott
She also loved her father quite a bit, and was heartbroken when he passed. She would spend so much time with him at every family gathering.

Did Hazel have a favorite phrase or common mannerism?

John Scott
"Bless your heart" was something she would say quite often.

What did Hazel dislike?

John Scott
Cursing. She would get so mad at Susan and I if we accidentally cussed around her. She often said "John, cursing is a sign of a lesser intellect." I wonder where she heard that, because she didn't really use language like that very often.

What made Hazel laugh?

John Scott
Mom was a serious person—too serious at times—but she loved a good laugh. I would often make jokes to get her to laugh. She liked to hear funny stories from her kids and grandkids.

What are your best memories of time together?

John Scott
I think when it comes to the child/parent relationship, your favorite memories are often times where you got one-on-one time with them. For me, the memory that comes to mind is Mom bringing me home for lunch in second grade, and making me a grilled cheese sandwich. She just sat at the table and talked to me while I ate. Such a simple, perfect moment—and I'll hold on to that forever.

What's your favorite picture of Hazel?

John Scott
My favorite photo is the one my brother Phil took while we were riding on a bus to Canada. In the photo, Mom is looking off in the distance, and she just looks so HAPPY and peaceful.

If you could send Hazel a message now, what would you say?

John Scott
I've always wanted to tell her how much I appreciated her as a mother, but I never got around to it.

What will you miss most about Hazel?

John Scott
The thing I will miss most is just talking to her. She's always been there to listen to me and help me—and her passing creates a void in my life that will never be filled.

How would Hazel most want to be remembered?

John Scott
When she was healthy, Mom was always in motion. She was a hard-worker, who didn't waste time. No matter who the employer was, they always held Mom's work ethic in high esteem.

What did you learn from Hazel?

What do you most want people in the future to know about Hazel?