Hazel Marie Scott
We couldn't have asked for a better mother
Hazel Marie Scott passed away, after a long battle with illness at the age of 81, surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren. She had just experienced a wonderful Christmas, and used the holiday as an opportunity to let everyone know how much she loved and was proud of them. Sadly, her strength began to fade the day after the holiday, and she passed on in the early morning hours of December 27, 2019.
The early years
Hazel was born on August 7, 1938 in Plymouth, Indiana, to Victor Willard and Rosemary Quinn Hawkins. While she loved both her parents, she was especially close to her father, and enjoyed spending time with him.
Her bond with her sister Vicki was equally strong. Rarely did they go long without talking to each other, and their lives mirrored each other.
She didn't talk about childhood much, and avoided the subject when it came up. Like many of her generation, she had to grow up early.
Hazel married Kenneth Scott in the late 1950s, and while their union didn't last, they did have five children together: Tina (1958), Philip (1959), Mary Kathleen (1960), Susan (1961) and John (1964). Unfortunately, Mary Kathleen was born too soon and didn't survive.
There was nothing more important to Hazel than her family.
When her children and grandchildren were growing up, Hazel looked forward to taking them to the beach. Summers throughout the 1970s were spent at the Indiana Dunes, camping overnight and enjoying Lake Michigan. Indeed, many family activities revolved around the extended family gathering together to enjoy the warm sunny weather.
As she got older, Hazel spent a lot of time with her grandchildren, taking them roller skating or just to visit Centennial Park in Plymouth, Indiana.
Hobbies and activities
Hazel was a tremendous baker, especially when it came to baking her holiday cookies, fudges and carmels. Everyone has wonderful memories of helping make and deliver cookies—and also memories of a few scoldings when the cookies didn't turn out perfect. Grandchildren loved to come over to help ice the Halloween pumpkin cookies, complete with m&ms eyes and a candycorn nose.
A lover of animals she enjoyed feeding wildlife, and tending to her cats. She could often be found in her kitchen staring out the window in the morning, as the birds flocked to her feeder. As she got older, she would sit in her chair, and pet the cat for hours each morning.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed quiet time stitching and knitting.
Her faith sustained her
Though she was raised Roman Catholic, Hazel became a member of Koontz Lake Missionary Church later in life, and enjoyed her bible study immensely—as it brought her closer to God. Her brother Stan recommended the church to her, when she was feeling low, and the community brought her great peace at a time when she truly needed it.
A legacy of family
She is survived by her three children, two daughters Tina Marie Burch of Walkerton, IN and Susan (Tim) Scott-Marsh of Buchanan, MI and son, John E. (Beth) Scott of Indianapolis, IN; eight grandchildren, Blake (Marji) Burch of Walkerton, Devin (Tiffany) Burch of Grovertown, and Quintin (Carrie) Burch of Teagarden, Katlyn and Kristen Gustafson of Walkerton, IN, Lee Ann (Brian) Kissinger of Walkerton, and Mackenzie and Abigail Scott of Indianapolis; two sisters Vicki M. (Gary) Maybee of Plymouth and Roseanna (Fred) Jean of Napoleon OH; two brothers Jon (Dottie) Hawkins of Plymouth, and Father Kevin Bauman of South Bend; sister-in-law Judy Marks; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter Mary Kathleen Scott, son and daughter-in-law Phillip L. (Sheila) Scott and brother Stan Marks.
Our mother was the rock upon which our family was built and the glue that held it all together. She was strong, tough, and tireless. She was a perfectionist and pushed us to be the best we could be. She was truly the matriarch of our extended family, and her death leaves a void in all our lives.
She will be missed.