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Hazel Marlene Carter
May 17, 1942 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
Hazel Marlene Carter, a loving mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully in her home in South Bend at 9:00 am, Saturday, November 18, 2023. Born on May 17, 1942, in Alexander, North Dakota, she was the daughter of the late Elmer D. and Helan M. (Cornell) Chaney.
Hazel was a dedicated homemaker, always putting her family first.She was the heart and soul of her family, providing a warm and loving home for her children. Her love for her family was evident in everything she did, from the meals she prepared to the time she spent with her grandchildren.
She was the proud mother of daughters, Marlene (Armando) Ordaz of South Bend, Karen Sue Vineyard of Cave Junction, OR, and sons Kenneth R. (Tami) Carther of Detroit, MI, and William D. (Melinda) Carter of Mishawaka. She was predeceased by her step-daughters, Lori Ann and Sandra Lee, and son, Charles. Hazel was also a loving sister to Dona Kite of South Bend, William Chaney of South Bend, and Marvin (Vernette) Chaney of Benton Harbor, MI. She was predeceased by her sister, Georgia Caufman and brothers, John Chaney and Elmer Chaney.
Hazel was blessed with a large and loving family. She is survived by 45 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Each of them held a special place in her heart, and she cherished the time she spent with them. Hazel's love for her family was boundless, and she leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion that will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched.
One of Hazel's unique interests was her four-leaf clover collection, which was featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not! This collection was a testament to her patience, persistence, and belief in good luck. Hazel's love for four-leaf clovers was a reflection of her optimistic outlook on life, always looking for the good in every situation.
In keeping with Hazel’s wishes cremation will take place and the family will be gathering privately. Palmer Funeral Home – Guisinger Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in Hazel’s honor to a charity of the donor’s choosing. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.