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In Loving Memory

Hazel Viola (Stephenson) Turner

May 17, 1922 – May 10, 2021

Hazel Viola Turner, went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2021, at the age of 98, one week shy of her 99th birthday.  She passed away at home with Hospice, where she lived with her daughter.

She was born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1922, to John Dawson Stephenson and Elsie Viola Ritter.

In 1949 she moved with her family to California, where she resided until coming to Texas to live with her daughter in 2011.  She was a waitress, a hostess, and restaurant owner, as well as a caregiver.  After moving to Texas, she became a member of the First Baptist Church Friendswood.  She established many friendships and was loved by so many. 

She is survived by her children, Ronald G. Turner and wife Eila of Whitefish, Montana, Connie G. Taube of Friendswood, Texas; 5 grandchildren, Nicky, Nina, Alisha; step grandchildren Herman and Heidi; 10 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren and 3 great, great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Turner, her brother Scott Stephenson, and sisters, Evelyn P. Dooley, and Ethel Jean Jarvis, and a great granddaughter and several nephews and nieces.

Friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 between 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.   Her burial will be in Hollywood, California.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor, to:

First Baptist Church Friendswood, Benevolence Fund, 111 E. Heritage Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. 

Condolences may be sent to the Turner family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com

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10 thoughts on “Hazel Viola (Stephenson) Turner”

  1. Kathi, Ske and Matt Romero

    We loved Hazel soo much and really enjoyed visiting her in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. She is with our Lord and savior and is completely healed now!❤🙏

  2. Hazel remained in touch and a kind friend all these 30 years since we first met in Palm Springs, CA—she babysat our young son with fun and enthusiasm, and we became friends. Hazel introduced me to an excellent Women's Bible Study and the making of new friends who also remain to this day. Hazel was a loving and true friend, a sister in the Lord.
    To Connie and Family, Love and empathy as you miss her presence on earth.

  3. Gary & Trina Gibson

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother Hazel. Prayers for comfort and peace to Connie and your family🙏

  4. Mary Powledge

    Hazel was a dear friend and I have so many fond memories of her at church and at home. Up until the end, she was alert, smart, witty, and most of all a devoted Christian. It was an honor to know her and witness her love During the last couple of years, her daughter Connie took excellent care of her mother, and they shared daily devotionals together. Hazel was independent and drove herself to church until she was in her mid-nineties. She will be missed by me and many, but love continues.

  5. JoAnne Heyder

    I've only known Miss Hazel for a few short years but feel like I've known her all my life. She was a beautiful, kind, sassy, funny and feisty woman of God who would always tell you exactly what she thought. And when she was tired and ready for your visit to end, she would say, "Okay, you can go now." 🤣 So when I saw her on Morher's Day, I knew she was too tired to stay here any longer so I told her, "okay, you can go now." 💖💖💖

  6. Delores Bryan

    Hazel was our "Queen" Sister in Christ and was loved by all. Always thinking of everyone and inquiring to see if we were well. A challenging Skip-Bo player who taught some of us the game. Her love of Jesus was always shining brightly in honor of our Lord and told us numerous times she was ready to see Jesus through her trying times.

    God bless you Connie for being such a devoted daughter. My sincere condolences and love.

  7. I met and hired this lovely, vivacious lady over twenty years ago to act as a driver and companion for my employer, who was the daughter of a deceased governor from back East. My employer was in her seventies, and just a few months older then Hazel. Little did my employer know that she would be going to bible studies, Christian retreats, dinner at casinos, and become just another one of Hazel's many friends. My employer came from "old money". Some things around the household were way too proper and a bit stuffy for Hazel, BUT not for long. Honestly, I didn't know what to make of this arrangement with my employer and Hazel. I, too, am a bit too professional but Hazel changed everything. She was a joy!

    Hazel changed my employer's life by continuing to bring to work the love of Christ with her, and she entertained her while she was doing it. Hazel was admired by everyone and a person to emulate. She was funny, kind, thoughtful, prayerful, hardworking, always dressed well, and was an excellent example of a woman of God.

    I loved this woman!

  8. Cindy Comeaux

    Hazel was as beautiful inside as she was outside. She was so caring and loving of family and friends. I'm so glad to have known her. She will be missed .

  9. Heidi and Don Purcell

    Our deepest Sympathies for the entire family. Connie you have been such a beautiful caring example of a daughters love. We love you and hope to see you in the fall. Hazel was filled with kindness , love, and had a wonderful sense of humor, she always made me smile.
    Love and prayers,
    Don and Heidi Purcell

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