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Hazel Elizabeth (Park) Spear, age 90, of Charles Town, WV, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Commonwealth Senior Living in Berryville, VA.

She is the daughter of the late Rufus W. Park, Sr. and Charlotte Hines Park Miller.  Hazel is also preceded in death by her husband, Herman “Dusty” Spear (d. February 14, 1997); (4) brothers, Thomas G. Park, Eddie W. Park, George S. Park, Sr., and Clarence E. Park; and one niece.

Hazel is survived by a brother, Rufus W. Park, Jr. and wife Elizabeth, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and many other family members and friends.

Hazel attended Chestnut Grove, Markwood, and Burch Grade Schools, graduating from Moorefield High School in Moorefield, WV.  In 1948 she worked for the Blue Ridge Sanitorium, going into nurses training for six months at MacNeil Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, IL. She furthered her education by attending and graduating in 1949 from VA School of Practical Nursing (Leigh Memorial Hospital) in Norfolk, VA.

Hazel then gained employment at Charles Town General Hospital in Ranson, WV where she remained until 1975.  Immediately following, the new Jefferson Memorial Hospital was opened and Hazel participated in the move.  She remained there until 1981 and then moved to Knott Nursing Home in Charles Town where she retired in 1990.

Hazel was a member of the Asbury Methodist Church, Bean Settlement, WV where she attended as a child.  After moving to Charles Town, she became a member of the Charles Town Baptist Church, The Mary & Martha Sunday School Class, and The Frances B. Sechrist Mission Group. Hazel was also a member of: Rippon Home Extension Club, Rock Oak Extension Club, Lawson Botts United Daughters of the Confederacy, Women of the Moose, Chapter 1028, and Jefferson County AARP.

Friends were received on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney, WV.  Funeral services followed at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Gary Smith officiating. Interment will be on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:00 Noon at Asbury Cemetery, Bean Settlement, Baker, WV.

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney 304.822.3511.

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