LIVE OAK, Fla. – Hazel Ross, 94, died on May 23, 2014 at Live Oak, FL. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial was held at Lake Creek Cemetery, Rockwell City.
Hazel D. Baker was born in Live Oak, FL on February 19, 1920, the daughter of Vancie and Mary (Hart) Baker. She graduated from Suwannee County High School in 1939 and then completed a National Youth Administration training course in commercial art and design at Camp Roosevelt in Ocala, FL. While working as a medical assistant in Gainesville, FL she met Oliver H. Ross, a soldier stationed at nearby Camp Blanding. They were married on June 23, 1943. After the end of WWII, they moved to the Ross family farm in Rockwell City, IA. In 1968, Hazel earned her degree as a licensed practical nurse and worked for 10 years at Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City, IA. After her husband’s death in 1988, Hazel returned to Live Oak.
Hazel is survived by her children: Eugene Ross, Eileen Newhouse, Phillip & Debra Ross; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grand- children. She is also survived by siblings: Myrle Gray, Leyron Baker, Vormel Phillips, Von Erie & Elston Williams. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, her son Stephen, and her sister Myrtle Wall.