January 16, 1990 Hazel Searl married Bill Botten.
They had known each other while raising their families
and, after grieving spouses, found happiness for
19 years. Bill’s sons, Jim (Kristy), Dave (Miriam),
and Don (Janina) were glad to see them travel the
world together and care for each other.
The grandchildren had different relationships
with her, depending on their age. The teens Cheryl
(Jeff) Blatz, Tricia (Tony) Ireland, Micheal (Julie),
and Andrew (Eva) called her Hazel and were glad to
have a new friend. In the middle, Laura (Jock Fanshaw)
and Tim called her Grandma Hazel and she
filled the hole they’d felt at the loss of Granny Botten.
For Greg (Kelsey) and Tori they simply knew
her as Grandma, for they were too young to remember
Granny Botten well. Grandma she was to all of
us for 26 years. Our children, Colton, Caleb, and
Declan Blatz, Thomas and Liam Ireland, Lisa and
Ryan Fanshaw had the privilege of a great grandma,
something so few get.
Goodbye Grandma Hazel. You made our lives
better. You made our grandpa happy. You lived an
amazing century in this ever-changing world, always
caring for the family you’d gained.