Hazel Virginia passed away from natural causes the morning of Tuesday August 22, 2023, at age 81. Hazel was born February 9, 1942, to Alpheus Harvey and Ivy Bishop Harvey in Kaysville, Utah.
She was named in honor of her aunt Hazel Bishop. Raised in Kaysville, she is the youngest of three children and grew up on the family farm with family that loved her and allowed her the freedom to grow and become an example to countless others throughout her life.
Hazel graduated from Davis High, then attended BYU for a short time, but transferred to Weber State where she earned her teaching certificate. While at school, she married Walter Parrish who will miss her very much after 56 years of marriage. Their two children Matt Parrish (Mandy) and Rebekah Parrish have been an integral part of her life and she loved them both dearly with every breath to the very end. Becky took care of her mother 24 hours a day for the past many months and Matt gently attended to her with wheelchair rides and car rides that Hazel really enjoyed while she was well enough to do so.
In her younger years, Hazel was full of adventure and spice. Stories of “stealing” watermelon on horseback as a youth from the Sherriff’s Garden would bring a smile to family members as she related it in later wiser years. Tales of her adventures as a 19-year-old living in San Francisco with her two best friends would also bring delightful memories and stories that she would relate to family. Hazel loved to return to San Francisco with family to visit until her health prevented it. Her love of gardening, orchards, and the simple but delicious recipes (“just a pinch of sage”) passed down from her mother and aunt taught family to love the good things in life such as Huckleberry Muffins or Fresh Peas, Potatoes with Bacon and Mint sauce. “Don’t change the turkey recipe!”, she would warn.
Hazel also inherited the gift of teaching from her parents, teaching for 30 years at Burton Elementary and Kaysville Elementary. Like her parents, many former students still meet family members and express gratitude how Hazel was their favorite teacher of all time and how she impacted their lives. Her legacy impacted generations.
Hazel was fond of her many nieces and nephews, and they were fond of her for helping raise them as another parent. They were always welcome in her home for a good poker session, local politics, or just to know they were unconditionally loved. Hazel had a passion for local Kaysville history, picked up from her mother and father. She would share the history with those that cared to listen-both in and out of the family. While much of that history still lives in boxes, pictures, and other family artifacts, the richness and passion of the stories that would be told by Hazel has passed with her.
Hazel is survived by her Husband Walt, son Matt (Mandy), daughter Rebekah, and her brother Malcolm (Janet) and many nephews, nieces, and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and oldest brother James Stanley (Beverly). She was the calm sounding board for ideas and many discussions between her siblings. She loved and missed her parents deeply over the years and looked forward to seeing them again while not wanting to leave behind her family here.
The family wished to thank the many who cared for her, particularly over the year as her health declined. She was sincere in her appreciation of the many who reached out and helped in different ways on her behalf.
Funeral services will be held Thursday September 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lindquist’s Kaysville Mortuary, 400 north Main, Kaysville Utah. Friends may visit with family Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Services will be live-streamed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Mary's obituary page.
Interment-Kaysville City Cemetery