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Hazel Breshears

November 20, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

Beloved mother and grandmother, Hazel Breshears, 98, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17, 2021. She was born the youngest of 10 children on Oct. 3, 1923, in Sims, Ark., to David Bradford and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Gray.

Hazel graduated from Mt. Ida High School in 1942. She graduated from Henderson State Teacher's College with a Bachelor's Degree in 1951 and a Master's Degree in 1962. Hazel was a dedicated teacher that taught elementary education for 21 years at Greenwood Elementary School in Hot Springs. Hazel believed in the power of education. She understood that education created opportunities, and she devoted her life to teaching others.

Hazel was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was generous, loving and supportive to her family. She was a member of Southwest Missionary Baptist Church. Hazel loved the Lord and rarely missed a church service. She enjoyed going to the Hot Springs Senior Citizen Center. She played a mean game of beanbag softball, stayed active with Tai Chi classes, and enjoyed making new friends. Hazel had many hobbies, including playing the piano and ukulele, singing church hymns, and dressing to impress.

Predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband of 52 years, Lonnie Arline Breshears; siblings, Bertha Mae Shaw, Stella Mae Plyler, Clarence Edgar Gray, Ruby Kay Steakley, Beulah Irene Vines, Ethel Gray, Clinton David Gray, Maynard Claude Gray, and Elsie Pearl Townsend.

Loving survivors include one daughter, Anita Smith, and son-in-law, Ronnie Smith; grandchildren; Kim Qualls, Brett Qualls, Jennifer Draper (Mark Draper), and Scott Smith (Pam Smith); great-grandchildren, Ava Hicks, Allison Strother (Adam Strother), Sarah Beth Purifoy (Tyler Purifoy), Bo Tyler Smith, Kaitlyn Farr, and Belle Smith; and one great-great-granddaughter, Hazel Olivia Purifoy.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Reed Cemetery, Story, Ark. Pastor J.D. Hooper will officiate.

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