Hazel E. Smyser

Hazel E. Smyser

Mrs. Hazel E. Smyser, 87, rural Lewistown, Mo., passed away Friday, March 30, 2018, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born Sept. 6, 1930, near Durham, Mo., the daughter of Steven James and Goldie Mae Wheeler Abell. She married Elmo R. Smyser and later married Roy R. Smyser on Dec. 15, 1973, in Maywood, Mo.  He passed away on Aug. 13, 2015.

Survivors include one daughter, Teena (David) Sparks, Ewing, Mo.; grandchildren, Chad (Donna) Wright, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jeremy (Jennifer) Wright, Palmyra, Mo.; Scott (Tamara) Toliver, Durham; Autumn (Ryan) Stone, Steffenville, Mo.; Ethan Wright, Ewing; Dillon (Alexis) Sparks, Lewistown, Mo.; and Bailee (Jonathan) Lester, St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Bethany, Lorena and Kimberly Wright; Gilbert, Gretchen and Rex Toliver; Blake and Brody Stone; Eli and Luke Sparks; and Jonathan, Jayda and Josie Lester; sisters, Joan (Don) Powers, Durham; Marcia (John) Bock, Durham; Linda Whitaker, Durham and Trudy (Mike) Hicks, Durham; one brother, Jack (Julie) Abell of Quincy; many nieces and nephews; a step-son, Glenn (Erin) Smyser, Ewing; two step-daughters, Virginia Ranville, Quincy, Ill.; and Lanette Burda, Center, Mo.; step-grandchildren, Alexis Smyser, Samantha Smyser, Reagan Smyser, Chrissi Smallman Radcliff, Dominic Ciavaro and Jonathan Burda.  

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Terry Wright; three brothers,  Steve, Joe and Bobby Abell; and one sister, Betty Perrine.

Family was the most important thing to Hazel and she enjoyed spending time with them.  

She was an avid member of Mission Hill Baptist Church in Palmyra and volunteered at WTJR Radio Station in Quincy from 1986 until 2000.  

She enjoyed camping, going to gospel singings and attending the Ridge Runner Jamboree.   

Hazel worked at Motorola in Quincy for over 28 years, owned the COOP restaurant, Hazel’s Café and then the Highland Café.  After working in the restaurant business for a number of years, she went to work at the Lewis County Water District in Ewing, retiring in 2016.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 3, at Mission Hill Baptist Church in Palmyra, with Rev. Alvin Kent Lewis and Rev. Ted Middleton officiating. Burial was in Durham Cemetery in Durham, Mo.  

Music was provided by Glen Carter and The Lesters, vocalists; and Miriam Inlow, organist

Songs included “Will You Walk Across Heaven”, “Oh What a Savior”, “Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone” and “Won’t Have to Worry Anymore”.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Wright, Scott Toliver, Ethan Wright, Dillon Sparks, Rex Toliver, Blake Stone and Brody Stone.

Honorary pallbearers were Autumn Toliver, Bailee Lester, Gretchen Toliver, Jayda Lester, Josie Lester, Eli Sparks, Luke Sparks, Jonathan Lester and Gilbert Wright.

Memorials be made The Lesters Ministry or to the Mission Hill Baptist Church.

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