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Hazel E. Meyer
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A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave., Ceres, for Hazel Evelyn Lay Meyer, 92. She died Nov. 3, 2008 after a brief struggle with severe back pain and a degree of dementia in recent months.

Allen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Born in March of 1916 to Garfield and Nettie Lay, Hazel was a native of Marshall Ark., where she attended grammar school during her early years. She moved to California with her family as a teen, and her family followed the crops in the Valley, later settling in San Bernardino.

Early in life, Hazel accepted Jesus Christ as her loving, personal savior, as a member of the Christian Endeavor Society. She earned her teaching credential at La Sierra College and taught elementary school in Corona and San Bernardino, where she met and married Earl Meyer. Their 68-year union began on Aug. 15, 1940 and filled their lives with joy and happiness.

Mrs. Meyer earned her bachelor's degree, at PUC in 1957, and her master's degree from Potomac University in 1959. She obtained her degrees all the while carrying a full teaching load along with husband Earl, an ordained minister and educational administrator. Her service included 14 years in developing and pasturing the church at the Calexico Mission School, where her talents in secretarial science skills developed further and where she was influenced in her publication of a secretarial science textbook in Spanish, which was distributed throughout Central America. They served in Central and South America, for a total of 17 years, in Peru, Bolivia, and Puerto Rico. While in Bolivia they adopted their two children, John and Martha.

Her last move was Puerto Rico, where Hazel finished her professional teaching career and studied in Spanish before they both retired and moved back to the United States. Her last job was 10 years of nursing at Loma Linda University. They spent their retirement in Oakhurst where they moved in with their kids.

She leaves behind her husband Earl Meyer; daughter, Martha; and grandson Jonathan.

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-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /Nov. 19, 2008