Hazel Anna Peterson
November 22, 1927 ~ November 6, 2014
Hazel Anna Mackenzie was born in North Vancouver and grew up in Blue River and Kamloops BC, where she met her second husband, Pat Peterson. They raised their family in various locations throughout the Kootenays, and together built and operated a campground and restaurant for several years in Balfour, where Hazel’s pies became well known. When the Bluebell mine closed in 1972, Pat was transferred to Elkford, where they lived until his retirement in 1981, and then they finally settled in Creston.
Hazel was an involved, dedicated and caring mother, an adept handywoman, and an artistically-gifted person in fabrics, ceramics and woodcrafts. She spent many hours leading Brownie activities and volunteering at local libraries. She was an avid reader but also loved travelling, gardening, and the outdoors, often enjoying hiking, fishing and camping with her family.
Hazel is survived by and missed deeply by her children: Sharon Sadler (Tony) of Penticton, Donna Carlyle of Creston, Diane Peterson of Chilliwack and Chuck Peterson (Yvonne) of Elkford; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her parents and by son Paddy, in 1981; husband Pat, in 1992; her beloved brother Warren Ray Mackenzie in 2003; her partner Edwin Dyck in 2004; and stepson Robert Peterson in 2014.
In lieu of cards or flowers, please donate to Swan Valley Lodge, Creston Valley Hospice Society or T.A.P.S. These caring organizations have made a significant difference to Hazel’s quality of life in her last 12 years.