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Hazel R. Batchelor
06/08/1944 — 03/19/2022
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Celebration of Life
Hazel R. Batchelor
Hazel Batchelor (77), of Pasco, Washington, passed away March 19th, 2022. Hazel’s passing has left her family, friends, and indeed anyone who knew her grieving her loss. She was always
generous with her time and kind words for anyone in need. Her positive influences on her family and community at large will be greatly missed.
Hazel Bonita Rainey Batchelor was born June 8, 1944, in Miami Florida. She grew up in Florida with five siblings all of whom loved her dearly because they knew that they could always count on
her unstinting love and support. Her grandfather, once exclaimed that he had never seen a more beautiful girl child and predicted that “that pretty thing will never know an ugly moment.”
In 1963, she married Dallas Batchelor, her high school sweetheart, who at the time was serving as a submariner in the U. S. Navy, stationed at Key West, FL. They both attended college in
Gainesville, FL where they had two daughters. Later in the early 1970’s Hazel and her family moved to Olympia, WA. The Batchelor family also spent a few years in Bozeman & amp; Kalispell, MT, then in Lacy, WA, Spokane, WA and Idaho Falls, ID. Third daughter was born in Bozeman, MT.
In 1986, Hazel & amp; Dallas moved their family to Pasco, Washington. Dallas established Weather or Not Inc., an Agriculture consulting business which specialized in potatoes. Hazel worked as a
director of nursing homes, director of Benton-Franklin Volunteer Center, later as Campaign Director & Agency Relations for United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties. Over the years,
Hazel gained a reputation of always being there with a helping hand for family, friends, and anybody else in dire need. She served her community being a part of Advisory boards and other
community groups, like the Franklin County Office of Aging & Adult Services, Soroptimists International of Pasco-Kennewick, Women’s Resource Center with CBC, Tri-Cities Chaplaincy
Hospice Program, Hospice of Idaho Falls, Bonneville Interagency Council, and the Bonneville County Sexual Assault/Rape Relief (advocate -counselor).
Dallas Batchelor, Hazel’s much beloved husband, died in 2013. Two brothers, Ronnie Rainey and Eddie Wheeler also predeceased her. She is survived by her three grieving, but eternally grateful
siblings: Dr. Thomas Rainey, Jr. (Olympia, WA), Victor Rainey (Baton Rouge, LA) and Mary Sue Phillips (Quincy, FL). Her brothers and sister remember her for the loving care she gave to
them and especially their mother, Mary.
She will be greatly missed by her daughters Michelle Batchelor-Myers (Chad), Lleonia Batchelor (Lance), and Christina Russell (Jesse) and her 5 grand-children and four great grandchildren. Hazel
will be remembered as the most compassionate and loving family member. Hazel suffered through a long siege of vascular dementia. Hazel was a beautiful woman inside and out.
Hazel loved to dance and listen to music – “Imagine her gliding gracefully across this last worldly dance floor into a peaceful and beautiful light. Dancing forever graciously and elegantly along”.
A Celebration of Life is planned on June 17 th , 2022, from 3-5pm at Events at Sunset in Richland. The family insists that people make donations in support of Hospice, in lieu of sending flowers.
As far back as I can remember I have always looked up to Aunt Hazel. She was beautiful , kind, gave the best advice and brought out the best in others. Above all she loved her family. I am comforted to know that we have a special angel watching over us.
I remember my Aunt Hazel as one of the most beautiful women I ever knew ❤. As a junior Bridesmade in her wedding to Uncle Dallas, her beauty was not limited to the physical. She loved all her family with patience and integrity.
She was the most loving and beautiful person I have ever known. Her beacon will always shine down on us. Miss you forever Mom!
So sad to hear this! I worked with Hazel at United Way and she was so caring, and so thoughtful, and one of the sweetest people to ever live. I’ll always remember her.
So sad to hear of Dallas and Hazel passings. She loved her Dallas . I had an opportunity to meet her long ago. She and Dallas were very kind people. I will miss her smile and warmth. I enjoyed working with her. She used to make us laugh. She will be missed.
Kindest most beautiful friend and mother