Nita Hazel

May 27, 1936 ‒ October 31, 2018

Shelby, Ohio

Nita Hazel was a free spirit and lived life on her own terms. She especially loved modern art and would express her talent in many artistic ways. Nita, 82, formerly of Shelby passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Signature HealthCARE of Galion.

Born May 27, 1936 in South Bend, Indiana, she was the daughter of Samuel and Daisy (Beck) Hazel.

She was a 1955 graduate of Central High School in South Bend. Nita worked many jobs to get by to provide for her family. She liked camping and was an animal lover, but her family gave her the greatest joy.

She is survived by daughters Gwendolyn (David) Robertson of Shelby and Victoria (Steven) Arlen of Galion; son Christopher (Wendy) Denman of Plainfield, Indiana, nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

A Celebration of Nita’s Life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 4:00 the First Church of God, 3616 State Route 39, Shelby, Ohio 44875 with Pastor George Johnson officiating. A gathering will be held at the church following the Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Church of God or Humane Society of your choice.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Nita Hazel, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Nita was my mom Velma’s younger sister. I rember her as always fun.
    A free spirt. Wearing pencil skirts, silk blouse and heals. Also what a great beautiful smile and laugh to go with a beautiful woman. She will certainly be missed.
    Pam Fortier.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Its never easy losing someone especially your mother. May God wrap you in his loving arms during this difficult time. Much Love Tony & Lisa Fernandez

  • We are so sorry to learn of your loss. All the memories you cherish will remain with you always. Know that there are many who are remembering your family. The Hyltons (Plainfield, IN).

  • Vikki ,
    In reading all of the wonderful things being said about your mom, I can clearly see where you get your creative, fun, and heart warming smile from! Hold on to your special memories.. and always be thankful for all you gave her and did for her in the these later years of her life. You will never regret them.. ever. Much love to you all. She will never be gone, she will always live on through all of you, and your children. Hugs, and love, jayte and kelly

  • Vikki, Steve and family,
    The photo of your mother, Vikki, captures the charming smile, witty sense of humor, and kind temperament that we all see passed down to you. Our hearts feel sorrow for your loss and for the difficult time leading up to your mother’s passing, however, we feel joy for the release of your mother’s lovely spirit and that there will be others, like you, passing down her value of “living life on her own terms”. Be comforted by those who surround you with love, prayers and stories as they will help you and your family feel supported during this time.
    ❤️Lee Anne and Terry

  • Im very sorry to hear of Nita’s passing. I got to know and love her at Signature, where my mom was, also. She had the best sense of humor and was fun to talk to. I wish I’d gotten to know her better and sooner.

  • Im very sorry to hear of Nita’s passing. I got to know and love her at Signature, where my mom was, also. She had the best sense of humor and was fun to talk to. I wish I’d gotten to know her better and sooner.

  • I too was privileged to meet your mother at Signature, she always had a smile on her face and was a joy to know. So kind to my mother who was also a resident. Glad to know she is no longer suffering.

  • My condolences to the family and all who loved Nita. The seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. But we can have confidence that God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. (Job 14:14,15) His Word, the Bible, gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

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