Hazel Thompson, of Elmira NY, joined the Lord Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, at the remarkable age of 104. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Frances; beloved husband, William Thompson; and nine brothers and sisters. Hazel is survived by her loving son, Leonard (Denise Emerick) Bolton II, of Elmira, NY; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Bolton of Waverly, NY; and treasured grandchildren, Devin (Nicole) Bolton-Robles of Syracuse, NY, Michael (Elaine) Erickson of Coppell, TX, Kevin (Terri) Erickson, also of Coppell, TX, and Sandy (Jason) Eslick of Tampa FL. She was born September 5th, 1917, in Pawlet, VT. After high school, she attained her nursing degree in Rutland, VT, and began working as a Registered Nurse. Hazel was the first female nurse to work at the Elmira Correctional Facility until her retirement in 1985. She was also a member of North Presbyterian Church in Elmira. Hazel was a devoted mother and grandmother who was very involved in her family’s lives. She had a passion for volunteering and helping others. She volunteered as a nurse with the American Red Cross and served at national disasters in South Carolina, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Elmira after the Flood of 1972. Hazel’s passion for volunteering was reflected in her many selfless efforts with helping others including: the Clemens Center; the American Red Cross; the Chemung County Senior Game; Meals on Wheels of Chemung County; AARP Chapter 276; Ladies Auxiliary at American Legion Post 443; Elmira Elks Lodge BPOE #62; Order of the Eastern Star of New York; the Food Bank of the Southern Tier; the Downtown Elmira Holiday Parade, Arctic League; American Cancer Society; American Heart Association; and several more. She also wrote the Senior Desk reports for the Star-Gazette. Hazel was also recognized for her altruistic acts as a recipient of awards comprising: the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2010; the YWCA Elmira & Twin Tiers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019; along with a plaque at the Clemens Center dedicated to her 30 plus years of volunteering there. In 1969, the American Red Cross honored her for more than 100,000 hours of volunteer work. It was Hazel’s wishes that her body be donated to research to the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. www.bakerfamilyfuneralhome.com
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