Hazel L. (Yarrow) Smith

Hazel L. (Yarrow) Smith

Nov 12, 1911 – Oct 29, 2017

Hazel Lucille (Yarrow) Smith, age 105, of Omaha died on October 29, 2017 after a short illness.  Hazel was a friend to many and, to all who knew her, an example of how to live an active life with a positive attitude.  She was a member of Rockbrook United Methodist Church, longtime resident at the Arboretum on Farnam and, since last March, resident of Pacific Springs Assisted Living.

Hazel, daughter of Alfred and Sarah Elizabeth (Jevons) Yarrow, was born on November 12, 1911 on a farm near Wakefield, Kansas.  She attended a one-room rural grade school and graduated from Wakefield High School.

On November 2, 1934 she married Irvin H. Smith of Clay Center, Kansas.  They made their home in Clay Center for a number of years.  In 1950 they moved to Syracuse, Nebraska, where Irvin was manager of the Eastern Nebraska Public Power District.  In 1965 they moved to Omaha when Irvin was named Assistant General Manager of Omaha Public Power District.

Hazel was an outgoing person, always had a positive outlook on life, and lived life to its fullest.  She was involved in church and community activities, serving among many other ways as a Sunday School teacher, church wedding coordinator, member of Church Women United, and a Girl Scout Leader.  Hazel was a member of Eastern Star for 75 years.  She also enjoyed painting pictures, ceramic painting, and gardening—she was a master at growing flowers.  Hazel remained active all her life and had friends of all ages.  In her memoir, Hazel wrote, “One of the most important secrets to living a good life is to always look on the brighter side of life.  There are always good points along with the bad, but the good can overshadow the bad.”

Hazel is survived by four children:  Nancee Burbank (John) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Bruce Smith (Judy) of Grand Island, Nebraska, Barbara Kimer (Tom) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Susan Kelley (Steve) of Omaha, Nebraska.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren, three bonus grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and nine bonus great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, Wayne and Warren Yarrow; one sister, Evelyn Yarrow Hanna; one granddaughter, Amanda Lee Kimer; and one great-grandson, Samuel Smith Edelman.

VISITATION will be on Friday, Nov. 10th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.  SERVICES will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11am at Rockbrook United Methodist Church, 9855 W. Center Rd.  Private Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Rockbrook United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.





  • Linda Luthi Hurlburt Posted October 31, 2017 7:49 pm

    I have fond memories of Aunt Hazel. Such a beautiful spirit in her. Heaven just got a little bit brighter.

  • Dee Maycock Posted October 31, 2017 9:07 pm

    I “inherited” Hazel, Ruth Reynolds and Mid O’Brien as special friends from my mother-in-law, Helen Maycock, and treasure many special memories from times spent with those remarkable women. Hazel was always a joy whether in person or in phone visits, and a truly beautiful lady.

  • Coreen Frasier Posted November 1, 2017 5:41 am

    I’m sending positive thoughts to all the family. You are all so fortunate to have such a wonderful person for your mother, grandmother, and mother in law. She has been an awesome friend and mentor to me.

  • Dave Posted November 1, 2017 7:33 am

    What a lovely lady! I will always remember her fun infectious can do spirit. I recall having a hard time keeping up with her when I walked with her in the halls at the Arboretum, and how she brightened everyone’s day that she saw along the way. My condolences to her kids, who were so good to her.
    Dave PT VNA

  • Karen Yarrow Blomberg Posted November 1, 2017 9:06 am

    I will miss this amazing woman. She added good to all who knew and loved her.

  • Carol L Moss Posted November 5, 2017 12:22 pm

    I came to know this gracious Hazel while assisting her in getting ready for the days events. She never lacked for something positive to say or do. If she was still in bed when I got to her apartment, she would pop up out of bed, smile on her face declaring she “overslept” then laugh and laugh.. We visited while she ate her breakfast she liked talking about current events, election and all. then she was off to do whatever her calendar said, be it a hair appointment, any number of things She was a busy lady.. I knew her only a short time, but quickly came to regard her as one of my favorite people to assist. She was a blessing to everyone she came into contact with and her spirit will live on here in the hearts of her family. Goodbye my friend, you lived your life as God intended.

  • Ken & Barb Ford Posted November 7, 2017 8:59 am

    .we loved and enjoyed Hazel for over 50 years. She was a precious friend who showed excitement with any contact. She was also a mentor during difficult times. Heaven surely is livelier with Hazel.

  • Gerri Eisenhauer Posted November 9, 2017 11:34 am

    Barb, and family, thinking of you and so sorry for your loss of your mom. Fond memories of meeting you and your family , as we started high school together. Prayers and hugs for you.

  • Pastor Sara Jensen Posted November 10, 2017 4:06 pm

    Hazel’s presence has already been missed at Pacific Springs. She was a friend to and active participant with residents and an inspiration to the staff. Her fun, positive attitude was infectious! She was our oldest resident, but one of the most active. I called her “Miss Popular” because she had SO MANY visitors and phone calls. Her social calendar was full! She was blessed with good health and was a blessing to our community. We are sad not to be able to celebrate her 106th birthday together but we know she is celebrating now!

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