Hazel GREEN

GREEN, Hazel Florence. Hazel Florence Green, 95. died peacefully on May 1st. Hazel was the last surviving member of the pioneer Green family of the South Poplar region of Abbotsford. Hazel was born in Calgary but as a child moved to Abbotsford with her family in 1921. The family provided enough children for the first school to be started in South Poplar. Her father, HC Green, homesteaded in the area shortly after it was originally logged off. In addition to running a farm he was a carpenter and responsible for building many schools in the area including the little one-room South Poplar school building that still stands. During the Second World War Hazel and her sisters were active in the Abbotsford Canteen, supplying a home-like atmosphere for the young airmen being trained at the then brand new Abbotsford Airport. For many years Hazel worked for the Abbotsford Lumber Company as a bookkeeper and later as a baker for the Valley Maid Bakery in downtown Abbotsford. In later years she was a bookkeeper with Abbotsford School District #34. She retired from there 30 years ago. In her younger years she was an active skier and bowler. She golfed into her 90s. Hazel was always an active community volunteer with groups such as The Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. Hazel was predeceased by her mother and father as well as sisters Edna Dyason, Marjorie Martin, her brother, Ray Green and nephew Rev Ken Martin. Left to mourn are nieces Kathryn Green of Saskatoon, Beverly Claassen, of Richmond and nephews Brian Martin of Surrey and David Martin of Burnaby. She also left behind Charlie, the last of a very long line of much loved cats. Charlie now lives with Brian. It was Hazel’s request that there be no formal service.


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