Hazel Shull

 

January 10, 2017

June 17, 1918 - Dec. 31, 2016

Hazel Beulah Shull, 98, a former Sweet Home resident, died Dec. 31, 2016 in Stevenson, Wash.

She was born June 17, 1918 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of William “Bill” and Marion Price, one of three children.

She moved from Canada to the United States at age 3, living with her family in a logging camp where her father was a saw filer. As a 5-year-old, she hung around the camp’s one-room schoolhouse so often that the teacher invited her to start first grade if she would promise to leave pet rooster Bert at home. The future Mrs. Shull happily complied.

The family later moved to a farm on Quick Road in Castle Rock, Wash. Though they grew up during the Great Depression, the children were never hungry due to a bountiful garden, a flock of chickens and their father’s expertise with a fishing pole.

At the age of 19, she married fellow Weyerhaeuser worker Art Shull of Tacoma, Wash., despite his poor pick-up line,“ Hi Hazel, what’s your name?” The Shulls lived on a small farm on Hazel Dell Road where they raised three daughters, Nancy, Joanne and Janice.


Mr. Shull suffered a heart attack in 1963, leaving his wife a widow at age 45. Despite her heartbreaking loss, she enrolled in business classes where she brushed up on typing, short hand and bookkeeping. She survived a bruising stint working as secretary to the owner of a Longview music store before being hired as bookkeeper for a cement block business, and eventually returning to Weyerhaeuser, for whom she worked until retirement.

Mrs. Shull then had more time for many interests, including grandchildren, gardening, swimming, quilting, pinochle playing, crocheting, antiques and travel.

She rafted down Hell’s Canyon, rode in a hot air balloon, visited London, hiked in to see hidden waterfalls, took grandkids to Disneyland and much more. As she reached her late 80s, Mrs. Shull purchased a silver VW beetle, but gave up the house on Hazel Dell, moving to live near a daughter in Sweet Home, where she lived in the Ames Creek Court apartments before moving to Stevenson, Wash. in May 2014.

She made more friends, was active in Holley Church, found a new group of pinochle players and joined a swim group. Poor eyesight led her to give up driving at age 94, but she proudly continued to carry her driver’s license that was good until age 100.


Mrs. Shull’s most recent home was Rock Cove Assisted Living in Stevenson. Caregivers there were charmed by her as well. One of her grandsons recently noted that his daughter is so much like her: kind, funny and strong-willed.

She lived what she called “a long and fulfilling life.” The long part was good DNA and healthy living.

She is survived by her daughters, Joanne and son-in-law Robert Eisenberger, and Janice and son-in-law Larry Sharp; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Art; and daughter Nancy Wilden.

Per her request, no funeral services are planned. A memorial get-together for family and friends will be held May 13, 2017 at Seaquest State Park in Castle Rock. For more information, contact Janice Sharp at (541) 401-3004.

 
 

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