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Hazel Mae Smith Wilson
Hazel Mae Smith Wilson, a Newport News resident, passed away on October 1, 2021 in Williamsburg, Va. She was born in Edgefield, SC on September 1, 1925 to Henry Midis Smith and Osha Herman Smith. She grew up in Burke County, NC where she met Thad Wilson. She and Thad married on October 22, 1947 in Newport News Va., and were happily married until his death in 1983.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Lee Earnest Smith; sisters, Velma Rae Lowman, Pansy Smith Cline, Mary Lee Smith Rhoney, and Virginia Abernathy Wilson; and most recently her beloved daughter, Doris Napier. She is survived by her son, Tony Wilson; sister, Marie Smith Evans; grandchildren, Richard Napier (Dreama), David Napier (Mary Beth), Kara Mabele (Gerald), and Kami Little (Aaron); great-grandchildren, Shawn Napier (Rebekah), Christina Schmuckli (Stefan), Jadon Wilson, Makenna Wilson, and Avett Little; and one great-great grandchild, Alistaire Napier; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Hazel was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Hampton, Va. She loved her family, crafting and sewing, and going to bingo with her daughter. If Heaven has a bingo hall, she and Doris will be there every night. Hazel will be missed by all those she leaves behind.
The family will host visitors at Peninsula Funeral Home 11144 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The CDC highly recommends masks for inside gatherings.
There will also be a visitation at Catawba Funeral Home in Hickory, NC on Friday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m.