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Hazel Rasberry

d. December 31, 2014

RASBERRY, HAZEL A funeral service will be held for Hazel Dawn Green Rasberry, 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at South Main Church of Christ. Robert Moore will be officiating.
Hazel Dawn Green was born November 20, 1916, near Voca, Texas in McCulloch County to Ollie Edward Green and Julia Britteon Green. The oldest of 7 sisters and brothers, moved with her parents in 1927 to Ackerly, Dawson county, TX on the Southern High Plains, where she worked alongside her father Eddy farming. The Dust Bowl was in full swing when in 1933, the family moved to Devine, Medina County, TX, where Eddy continued farming with canal water from Lake Medina. Following the bank failure in 1935 where the family lost all their savings, they moved again to Eden, Concho County, Texas where other members of the Green family had settled.
It was here in Eden that Hazel Dawn met Carl Russell Day. Carl won her heart and they married in 1938, moving to the ranch south of Roswell, Chavez County, NM that year. Ranching was tough during World War II, with rationing in place. Their first two sons, Carl Edward Day and Gilbert Russell Day were born on the ranch, xxx Carl and Hazel made the decision to start farming so in January, 1947, they moved to the farm southwest of Hagerman, NM. While the farming was good, the water was not, and they succeeded in moving their water right north near Roswell in 1953. Their third son, Billy Rex Day was born while on the Hagerman farm as Carl farmed both farms in 1953. Carl Hazel built their dream home moving in during 1954.
Farming was good in the 1950s so Carl gave Hazel the choice of a maid or a gardener. Hazel chose a maid to keep the house, watch Bill and cook while Hazel turned the 2 acres around the new house into a veritable Garden of Eden. Besides 14 pecan trees, 15 fruit trees, popular trees for a windbreak, Hazel planted and cared for 175 roses, plus other flowers and bushes. Hazel was an accomplished china painter, learning from her longtime friend Alma Jane Newsom. Here she and Carl raised their three sons to manhood. Carl, Gilbert and Bill were taught to love the Lord, have integrity and work hard. They hosted many 42 parties, the 5th Sunday Bunch, frequent parties where Carl cooked hamburgers and served watermelon and cantaloupe grown on the farm.
Carl and Hazel were deeply involved in the Church of Christ, first in Hagerman, then in Roswell. Carl served as an Elder in the South Main Church of Christ for 25 years while Hazel taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, hosted numerous church socials and together with Carl had people to their home most Sundays. They were faithful members of Gods church their entire lives. Hazel faithfully visited the sick and bereaved, taking food and pies while encouraging others to do likewise.
By 1983, Carl and Hazel were ready to slow down the hard work of the farm. They found a 18 section ranch in the Capitan mountains of Lincoln County, NM, turned the farm over to son Carl, sold their dream house on the farm to buy sheep and cattle for the ranch. They totally enjoyed the slower life of ranching 65 miles west of Roswell, making new friends as they always did, by being truly interested in and enjoying people. Their grandchildren have so many memories of the fun times visiting the ranch, riding horses, four wheelers and helping Papa and Meme feed sheep, cattle and the Great Pyrenees sheep dogs.
Upon Carls death in 1989 while gathering sheep, Hazel stayed on the ranch another year, moved to Roswell near Carl and Dean Day. She grew another beautiful garden, needle pointed and painted pictures of the garden, farm and ranch. She remained a widow for 10 years.
While attending a high school reunion at Ackerly, Texas, she renewed her friendship with Dayle Rasberry, whose younger sister had been Hazels best friend and tennis partner. Dayle and Hazel married in March, 1999, moving to Lubbock, TX, where they attended Broadway Church of Christ, and later Kings Ridge Church of Christ, near their home. They enjoyed many hours of Mexican Train together with Raymond Mize and others.
Hazel Rasberry passed from this life December 31, 2014 at Lubbock, TX. Hazel Dawn Green Day Rasberry is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Jewel Green, two brothers, Carl Green and Jim Green, two sisters, Marie Carter and Berta Fay Owings, one son, Gilbert Russell Day. She is survived by her second husband, Dayle Rasberry, one brother Edward Green and one sister Bonnie Jo Stephens, two sons, Carl Day and Bill Day, three daughtersinlaw, Dean Day, Sara Day, and Gail Day, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Mexico Christian Childrens Home at 1356 NM 236, Portales, New Mexico 88130
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
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Funeral Service

South Main Church of Christ
1512 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
2:00 p.m
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