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Hazel Josephine McGill
June 2
, 1920 -  May 3, 2017

Turner - Hazel passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 after a long and fruitful life. Hazel, the eldest of 6 children, was born to Edwin and Florence Severson on June 2, 1920 in Omaha, NE while the family was traveling. The Seversons resided in Crowder, OK until Hazel was a teenager then moved to Harrisburg where Hazel attended and graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1937. Hazel's father, Ed, was a traveling minister for the Church of God, 7th Day, and Hazel - an accomplished and self-taught pianist - would often accompany her father on his many trips around the U.S., playing the piano for the services.

Hazel met Leroy McGill at a church function and they were ultimately married on May 15, 1941 in Harrisburg. Coincidentally, the McGill family had also moved from Oklahoma to Oregon, settling just a few miles south of Harrisburg in Junction City. And despite having lived only about 25 miles from each other in Oklahoma, Leroy and Hazel had never met until they were both residing here in Oregon.

Leroy and his twin brother Deroy purchased a farm near Marion in the late 1930s and Leroy and Hazel lived in the old farm house on the property until they had saved enough money to build a new home in 1952, which became their residence for the remainder of their lives. In the fall of 1952 they welcomed Lyndon, the eldest of their 2 sons, and then Delwin in the spring of 1955. Hazel was never intimidated by hard work, and even after spending long hours in the fields still found time to maintain a beautiful yard and bountiful garden. She also worked evenings to build a successful business with a vitamin company and was awarded a free car. Although she was often criticized and dubbed a "health food nut" due to her strong beliefs in good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, her principles served her well and she outlived many of her critics. She was a great asset to her family and society, and will be greatly missed.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 72 years, Leroy; her sister Blanche Miller and brothers Leo and Clarence Severson. She is survived by her sisters Violet Warner of Gillette, WY and Norma Jean Warner (Norman) of Lewiston, ID; sons Lyndon (Tami) of Salem and Del (Denise) of Terrebonne; granddaughters Angela McGill Oliver (John) of Turner, Amber McGill of Portland, Hollie Kropf (Trent) of Terrebonne, and Mandi Lewis (Brian) of Redwood City, CA; grandsons Joel McGill (Naomi) of Kansas City, MO and Brandon McGill (Lacey) of Bend; great-grandsons Michael Garcia of Woodstock IL, Sebastian Oliver of Turner, Caden Lewis of Redwood City CA, Caden McGill of Kansas City MO, Christian McGill of Bend, Owen Kropf of Terrebonne; and great-granddaughters Payton and Alexandria of Kansas City, MO and Ryleigh Oliver of Turner.

Viewing will be Wednesday, May 10 from 5-8 pm at North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton. Graveside service will be Thursday, May 11 at 10 am at Jefferson Cemetery. Memorial service will be Thursday, May 11 at 11:30 am at the Church of God Seventh Day. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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