Lincolnville — Hazel Peabody, 89, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, of natural causes.
Hazel was born June 23, 1924, in East Union and was the second of Allen and Bernice (Gracie) Young’s five daughters. After graduating from Union High School, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and continued her education at Farmington State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1945.
She began her teaching career in the West Forks in 1945, teaching grades 1 through 6 at the one-room schoolhouse with a class of 16 students. While teaching in Augusta, Hazel met her future husband Neal Peabody of Washington. They were married in June 1949 and moved to Camden where Hazel continued her teaching career for the next six years. Hazel put her career on a seven year hold through her children’s preschool years, and later returned to teaching in Lincolnville and eventually in Camden elementary schools. She retired from teaching in 1985 to her home on Norton Pond in Lincolnville.
Hazel was very active in the Seaside Chapter 70 of Order of the Eastern Star faithfully serving in 10 different offices including 20 years as the chapter secretary. She was a past Matron of Seaside Chapter 70 OES Camden and helped organize and was first Matron of Ocean View Chapter 201.
In addition, she was also a past president of the Knox County Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Lincolnville Women’s Club. A current member of the United Christian Church of Lincolnville, she was a former John Street United Methodist Church in Camden.
A lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, she was thrilled by the recent championships of her team.
Hazel had a gift of touching the hearts of those she met, sharing stories and memories. Her unconditional love of family showed in everything she did — from her cooking to her handiwork, both of which many have enjoyed the fruits of her labor. Her biscuits, baked beans and apple pies were her specialty. The family holds many fond memories of Norton’s Pond because of what Hazel and Neal built.
Hazel would want us to celebrate her 89 years as she and Neal were reunited in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Survivors include her children Glenn and Mary Anne Peabody of Brunswick; Betty and Glenn Lane of Sabattus; Becky and Al Shultz of Brewer; six grandchildren Katie (Peabody) and Ben Grant of Lisbon Falls; Andrea (Lane) and Nick Schaedler of Bowdoin, Kelly Shultz and partner Matt York of Hampden, Matt Peabody of Waltham, Mass., Ben Shultz of Brewer, and Michelle Lane from Sabattus; and great-granddaughter Adalynn Schaedler; two sisters, Helen Grotton of South China and Charlotte Young of Homosasssa Springs, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and special friends. Hazel was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Neal Peabody in 2012; two sisters, Alfreda Grotton and Marion Collins; and extended family members.
A funeral service followed by a reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. at John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden with The Rev. Peg Moser and The Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet co-officiating. Spring burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden.
If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Lincolnville Women’s Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Janet Plausse, P.O. Box 93, Lincolnville, ME 04849.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden.