ROCKLAND - Hazel Nutt Spear, 89, of Rockland passed away on August 19, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Hazel was born on October 22, 1924 in West Rockport, the youngest daughter of Robert and Amy Nutt. She graduated from high school in Tilton, NH and from the University of Maine, Orono in 1946. She worked briefly at the Hyde School in Bath as a social worker.
She married the love of her life, Everett L. Spear, II of Rockland on May 14, 1950. They built their home on Samoset Road in 1954. They filled theirs and their children's lives with love and lasting memories, which included enduring friendships with neighborhood families.
A kind and generous person, Hazel was an active member of the Rockland Congregational Church, a 4-H leader and a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed reading, painting, knitting, working on jigsaw puzzles, and traveling with her husband. She cherished her family and looked forward to every summer when the family gathered for their annual clambake. Her strawberry rhubarb pies were a family favorite.
Hazel was predeceased by her husband, Everett, in 2003, her daughter Susan in 1953, and her sister Bernice Crockett in 2009. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Anne and Edward Czepiga, Bonita and Michael O'Day, Ruth and Jeffrey Wood, Elizabeth and Richard Gedney, Everett L., III, and Rona Spear, William N. and Robin Spear; 17 grandchildren, Courtney Czepiga, Carly Czepiga and her husband Trent Musso, Ted Czepiga, Timothy O'Day and his wife, Michele, Molly O'Day, Michael Wood, William Wood, Kate Gedney, Kendra Gedney, Everett Lincoln Spear, IV, Parker Spear, Preston Spear, Elliott Spear and Marshall Spear, Bradley Spear, Griffin Spear, Lauren Spear; great-grandson Harrison O'Day; and two sisters, Dorothy Hull and Roberta Andrews, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A gathering to celebrate her life and love will be held from 4:00 to 6:00, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Rockland Public Library, P. O. Box 764, Rockland, ME 04841 in honor of Hazel's lifelong love of reading.