Hazel Mae (Collier) Gibson was born the oldest of five children to Lela Maude (Allensworth) Collier and Roy Emery Collier on April 26, 1921 in White Clough township, Mills county, Strahn, Iowa. She graduated from Farragut high school in 1939 and married Ray Mott. To this union one child, Roy Stuart Mott, was born. Later divorced, she married Lloyd Loyn Gibson from Mount Ayr, Iowa in 1940 and they moved to Fulton, Missouri where Hazel was employed as a factory worker at Brown Shoe Company. Lloyd and Hazel enjoyed each other’s company, dancing to country music and their team of horses as they participated in parades and trail rides. Lloyd passed away June 5, 1971.
The factory moved to Charleston, Illinois and they asked Hazel to move too. After retiring, Hazel was a nanny for many years in Chicago and then returned to Charleston where she was very active in the Champaign Church of Christ with her friends and neighbors. In 1998 she moved to rural Diagonal, Iowa to be close to her sister, Maxine Schaefer. ‘The Sisters’ were inseparable and enjoyed every outing together even if it was a trip to the doctor.
Hazel excelled at almost any type of handy work and shared patterns and ideas with her sisters throughout their lives too. Hazel was a member of First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. She was a resident at Maple Ridge Assisted Living for a year before moving to the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in October and passed away Friday, December 17, 2010 at the age of 89.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; grandson, Eric Mott; brothers, Wayne ‘Bud’ Collier and Gary Collier; sister, Maxine Schaefer; sister-in-law, Alberta Collier; brother-in-law, Francis Main, and nephew, David Main.
Survivors include daughter-in-law, Judy Mott; grandson, Jason (Terisha) Mott; great-grandsons, Garrett Mott and Bronson Mott; great-grand daughter, Regan Mott; stepdaughters, Lois Mendez and Inez Gunsoluis and families; sister, Doretta ‘Toots’ Main; brother-in-law, Lowell Schaefer; sister-in-law, Sara ‘Cookie’ Collier; nieces, Denise Boudreau, Gwendolyn Kay (Don) Jandreau, Shelly (David) Bolles and Michelle Collier Breener; nephews, Carl (Yvonne) Schaefer, Jerry (Susan) Schaefer, Kenneth (Cathy) Schaefer, Michael (Karen) Schaefer, Scott (Darla) Collier, Michael (Jennifer) Collier, Mark (Elisa) Collier, Jeff Collier and Douglas Collier; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.
Hazel was cremated after a private service and her remains will be carried to Fulton, Missouri to be buried at a later date. She made friends wherever she went and will be sadly missed.
A memorial fund has been established in her name and may be mailed to Watson-Armstrong, 205 West Monroe Street, Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854.