Hazel L. Oxley, 78, of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after a brave battle with cancer.
She was born on July 24, 1931 in Brushy Knob, Missouri, to Willis and Lula (Anderson) Gray.
Hazel was a very talented seamstress and made beautiful dresses for numerous little princesses.
She was saved and baptized at an early age. Hazel was a loving Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who lived an example to follow. She faithfully attended Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church as long as her health permitted.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin daughters, Kara and Tara, on May 23, 1950, and by three brothers, Marion, Earl, and Walter Gray.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jim Oxley of Mtn. Grove. They were united in marriage on May 1, 1949 in Mansfield, Missouri. They recently celebrated 61 wonderful years of marriage.
Other survivors include her daughter, Kathy Jenkins and husband Bill of Oronogo, Missouri; her son, Jerry Oxley and wife Merlene of Manes, Missouri; three granddaughters, Tami (Jenkins) Fredrickson and husband, Steve of Carl Junction, Missouri, Tanya (Jenkins) Willmeth and husband Eric of Springfield, and Dawn (Oxley) Broos, and husband Andy of Mtn. Grove; seven great-grandchildren she dearly loved, Braden Willmeth, Katie Fredrickson, Megan Broos, Aubrey Willmeth, Eli Broos, Brooke Willmeth, and Connor Broos; a dear sister-in-law, Norma Gray of Cabool, Missouri; other relatives and friends who will sadly miss her.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Turner officiating. Ronnie and Wilma Turner sang “I Know What It’s Like,” “One Day At A Time,” “Far Side Banks Of Jordan,” and “Son, Go Bring My Children Home.” Pallbearers were Andy Broos, Steve Fredrickson, Eric Willmeth, Lloyd Gray, Donald Gray, Alan Brockay, Grant Lathrom and Jim Collins. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, in care of the funeral home.