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Hazel Guy Waugh

September 8, 1925 — October 6, 2022

Hazel Guy Waugh, age 97, of North Kelly Street, Statesville, passed away on October 6, 2022 with her devoted sons at her side. Born September 8, 1925 in the Scotts community of Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Hooper Guy and Cora Harris Guy. Evidence of a life well-lived, Hazel enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family and friends, laughing, telling stories, church activities, traveling, cooking and baking, decorating, shopping, giving gifts, sending cards, and gardening.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Hazel graduated from Scotts High School in 1942 and married Lester "Sox" Waugh on January 29, 1944, just before he left for World War II. They were married for 38 years and raised two dear sons, Kent and Wesley, who lovingly cared for Hazel during her last two years of life. Earning an Associate's Degree in 1967, Hazel enjoyed a long career at Mitchell Community College library, made many lifelong friends there, and was featured as one of the Women of Mitchell in 2020. Hazel was a Davis Medical Center volunteer and a member of Rose Chapel Methodist Church where she started the first church library, was a choir member and church secretary for several years.

Hazel inspired so many through her own life story and personal courage. Her message to her sons and grandchildren was "to work hard, take some risks, and do whatever it takes to become the best version of yourself". She was a lifelong advocate for education, and took great pride in her lengthy career at Mitchell College Library.

In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husband "Sox", her infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann, her older sisters, Audrey Baker, Retha Johnson, and Ophelia Guy, and many dear friends and relatives.

Hazel is survived by her sons, Kent Waugh and wife, Anita of Statesville; Wesley Waugh and wife, Lynne of Boone. She cherished her role as "Granny" to her grandchildren who also survive: Christian Waugh and partner, Lizzi Merrill of New Jersey, Sarah Ann Christian and husband, Daniel of Huntersville; Benjamin Waugh of Washington, DC; John Wesley Waugh and fiancee Kayla Wright of Raleigh; Andie Waugh and Gigi Waugh of Boone. Hazel is also survived by her great grandson, Jackson Christian of Huntersville, one of the greatest blessings during her last year of life. Hazel is also survived by dear friends Faron Young, Ruth Stikeleather, Beth Rogers, Margaret Rumple McNeely and her dear nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and interment service will be conducted Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 11:00 am at Rose Chapel Methodist Church, Statesville, officiated by Reverend Gary Camp. Burial will follow the service. The family will visit with friends in the Fellowship Hall after the burial.

Memorial donations can be made to Rose Chapel Methodist Church, 813 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville, NC 28625, Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625, St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, and Mitchell Community College, Advancement Office, 500 W. Broad St, Statesville, NC 28677.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Waugh family and online condolences may be shared at www.nicholsonfunerals.com.

Hazel's family is very thankful for the many friends and relatives who have visited, called, and cared for her, as well as Hazel's special caregiver, Kokita Corry, and the nursing staff at Hospice of Iredell County who assisted and supported Hazel and her sons. Cemetery Details





Rose Chapel UMC Cemetery







813 Turnersburg Hwy.

Statesville, NC



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