April 4, 2020
1933-2020 ~ It is with sadness and fond remembrance that we share the passing of a dear mother, wife, grandmother, and friend, Hazel Sader, into God’s hands on April 4, 2020. At her side was her devoted husband, Edward. Close at hand were daughters Shelley (Glen) Roberts and Shannon (Jack) Hammond, while daughter Colleen (Gordon) Newman and son Timothy extended their love from afar.
Hazel is survived by her brothers Ray (Tina) and Lyle (Doreen, predeceased), grandchildren Matthew (Lyndsy), Johnny, Brian (Mary), David (Danielle), James, Rebekah (Tim), Caitlin (Nick) and Jake, and a recent bloom of seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Edwin and Kathleen, and brother Jim.
Born in Alberta and raised in Osoyoos, BC, Hazel met her special man in Yellowknife, NWT. Four children later, they left the far North for the shorter winters of Campbell River, where Edward managed a mine and Hazel oversaw the family.
Hazel was gentle, affable, and inquiring. As a youth, she ventured to the Yukon. Upon retirement, she and Edward explored the continent in their RV, made annual migrations to Yuma, Arizona, and led fun family trips and cruises. Hazel’s signature scrapbooks would reanimate these memories, adding her artistry, humour, and pride in all things Canadian. She delighted in her grandchildren and would recite their cute comments. She loved Bambi, her Chihuahua. Hazel enjoyed reading, redecorating, sewing, quilting, canning, and making root beer. She liked brisk walks, hearty soups, and hearing the piano. She was hooked on crosswords, and couldn’t resist breaking a long word into little ones.
Throughout her life, Hazel had a deep and abiding faith in God. A lovely listener, she was unrelentingly positive and was leaned upon for her warmth and support. “I’m thankful for life,” spoken in mid-March, were her last words.
The Sader family expresses its sincere thanks to Dr. Noel and Dr. Veerapen, and its gratitude to the Yucalta Lodge staff for their compassionate care, and for small gestures in an uncertain time.
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