Hazel Dale Lovett was born July 21, 1917, in Williamsport, Penn., to Reverend and Mrs. Jacob Edwin Dale and passed from this life Dec. 14, 2013, in Olney, Texas. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Olney with former pastor Dr. C.W. Bess officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Hazel was born in Williamsport, Penn., graduated from high school in Oregon, Ill., and Carthage College in Carthage, Ill., to become a teacher in Anna, Ill. She left her teaching position to join the Women's Army Auxiliary in January of 1943 and, through the course of events, inducted into the Women's Army Corps.
During World War II, as a first lieutenant, she was stationed in Middleton, England, where she met and married Raymond E. Lovett, MD. Following their discharge from military service in 1945, they made their home and raised their family in Olney, Texas.
She was faithfully involved in the First Baptist Church as Sunday School teacher and Women's Missionary Organization for over 50 years. Her other interests included Amity Club, where she had been a member for 66 years, and various bridge clubs in Olney.
Hazel is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Raymond Lovett, Jr.; her brothers: David Dale and Richard Dale; and sister Leanore Coons.
She is survived by her sons: Robert J. Lovett, MD, and wife Priscilla of Ft. Worth, David F. Lovett, DDS, and wife Marcella of Lubbock, Dale A. Lovett of Olney, Steve W. Lovett and wife Leslie of Arlington; as well as her sister, Mary Louise Eck of Kearny, Ariz. Her grandchildren include Lee Anne Wilde and husband Aaron, Robert M. Lovett, Anna Lovett, MD, Alan Lovett and wife Meg, Megan Lybrand and husband Brett, and Captain R. Treat Hill. Her great-grandchildren are Sadie and Annabel Wilde and Karis and Haddie Jo Lybrand.
In honor of her life, memorials may be made to the Hamilton Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Olney, Texas 76374; First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374; North Texas Rehabilitation Center, 1005 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, Texas 76302; or Women in Military Service for America Foundation, P.O. Box 96742, Washington, D.C., 20077-7771.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.