2014-12-04 / Obituaries

Hazel Hart

Hazel Jean (Curlee) Hart went to her heavenly reward on November 28, 2014, just shy of her 87th birthday. Funeral services were held Monday, December 1, 2014 at First Christian Church in Lexington with Rev. David Fischer officiating, and burial followed at the Hart Family Cemetery.

Hazel was the youngest of nine children of Judge E. Curlee and Clarence Eula (Gay) Curlee; she was raised in Lee County, in and around Lexington, Texas.

Married briefly as a teenager, she followed her marine husband to California, where she worked and modeled. Family legend had it that her legs were the model for the Hanes hosiery logo. When her marriage ended, she returned to Texas.

In Lexington, she met and married Jesse L. “Red” Hart, a confirmed bachelor thirteen years her senior. Together they lived in Lexington and had three children, Claire Louise, Deborah Christine (Debi), and Thomas Aaron Hart. They were married for 54 years and 11 months until his death in 2007.

Jean raised her children in the Baptist church, but when she finally brought her husband to the Lord, they became strong members of the First Christian Church of Lexington.

Like all parents, she had her successes and her failures, but she taught her children a strong sense of right from wrong, of responsibility, and generosity. She was a strong believer in putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and considering other people’s feelings. Her deep sense of empathy and her beautiful smile made her a delight to all who knew her, including the many nurses and doctors who attended her in her last and third bout with cancer. She died peacefully at home, attended by her family and the generous care of Standard Hospice.

She was preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters, (including most recently Mary M. Brown and Emma Louise Archer), many friends, and her husband.

She is survived and celebrated by her three children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, her three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren and scores of nieces, nephews and cousins. She never knew anyone who wasn’t part of her family. She will be truly missed.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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