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.