In memory of
Ruth Hazard
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In memory of
Ruth Hazard
Our Beautiful, beloved Ruth Hazard peacefully departed this life on Sunday, October 16, 2016, after living a life filled with joy and love. Ruth entered this world on June 15, 1931, in Leighton, Alabama, as eldest the daughter of the late Mrs. Lucille King Blackburn. Together with her mother, her Aunt Lula, and her cousin Earlene, Ruth moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at the young age of five, leaving behind the familiar peach orchards of her grandfather's home in Colbert County, Alabama, but cherishing the memories of her early life in Alabama. Ruth came from a tight-knit family, where her mother was the matriarch. She was raised in a multi-generational- extended family household, growing up close to her cousins, and helping to raise them as well. Ruth was one of the first African-American students to desegregate Hughes High School, paving the way for her family to perceive achieving an education as right and a means to better opportunities and a promising life. In her early twenties, she met the love of her life, Mr. Clarence (Bubble) Hazard (late). They married at St. Joseph Catholic Church on June 4, 1955. Their union created two children, Michael Hazard and Sharon Hazard. Ruthie, as she was affectionately known, was a devoted wife, mother, sister and daughter. Continuing her family tradition of staying close, together with Clarence, her mother Lucille, her sister Shermaine, and her children Michael(Mike) and Sharon (Sherry) , Ruth created an intergenerational household, where all family, both close and extended were welcomed, cared-for and loved. When Ruth returned to Cincinnati in 2015, she had an active life. She settled into St. Paul's Retirement village, living independently and loving it! She became the unofficial Bingo and Pokeeno "queen of the village", and celebrated her life to fullest! Her daily activities included chair-exercise, yoga, chair-volleyball, Friday morning prayer, enjoying dinners with friends like Susan, Ruby, and Mary, and embarking on countless day trips; from Amish Country to Jack's Casino. She didn't miss a trip! Ruth often spoke of happy she was and how glad she was that she had moved back to Cincinnati. Part of her joy was found when she reconnected with her adored Holy Name Catholic Church family and her Catholic faith. Ruth felt like she was at "home" again. An unexpected blessing of her return to Holy Name was the beautiful friendship she established with Carolyn Osbourne. Their excursions were some the many highlights of her week! Moving back to Cincinnati and into St. Paul's Retirement Village rejuvenated Ruthie. She rarely watched television or stayed in the house because she was too busy enjoying her life. Ruth, leaves behind to celebrate her life and t0 honor her "homegoing": her devoted daughter Ms. Sharon (Sherry) Hazard, her son Mr. Michael (Linda) Hazard; four grandchildren: Mr. Jason Hazard, Ms. Shannon Hazard, Mr. Ryan Hazard and Ms. Briana Pennington; her beautiful great-granddaughter Oliva; a sister, Mrs. Shermaine Owens; and nieces, Dr. Nikela (Nikki) Owens and Ms. Meeka Owens, a nephew, Mr. Christopher Owens; a great-niece, Sofia Ordóñez; great-nephews, Justin Owens, Elias Ordóñez , Arquimides Ordóñez and Xavier Owens, and hosts of loving cousins and dear friends. Ruth was a woman wisdom, kindness, confidence, and strength. She exemplified timeless style and she lived a life of integrity. Ruth had many roles in the lives of her love ones. To Shannon, Briana and Sherry, she was lovingly known as "Geeg"; to Oliva, she was "Gigi", to Jason and Ryan she was "Grandma", and to Nikki, she was "my beloved Aunt Ruthie". Visitation is from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Holy Name Catholic Church, 2448 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati (45219). Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow the visitation beginning at noon. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. To share a memory of Ruth or leave a special message for the Hazard family, please click the Share Button below. Walker Funeral Home of Cincinnati is serving the Hazard family. "And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed." -an excerpt from "When Great Trees Fall" By Maya Angelou
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