Beck, Hazel M. (Mrs. Leo Lonnie)


Hazel Middleton Beck was born at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, December 9, 1916. She was the only daughter of Jessy and Alice Middleton.
She graduated from Louisiana College in 1938 with a B.A. degree and taught school for 19 years.
Hazel married Leo Beck in 1943 and they became the parents of four children. Hazel and Leo were married over 45 years.
A person of deep commitment to Christ and the Church, Hazel was loved, not only for being a preacher’s wife, but also as a person in her own right. Her gentleness and kindness impacted her personal relationships, making it easy for her to form lasting friendships.
The passage in Proverbs 31:38: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” characterizes the love and affection her family had for her.
“To give up my Hazel was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do,” said her husband, Rev. Beck. “She was a special kind of person and a wonderful wife. Hazel did so many things that were good, wholesome, and pure. In Hazel, God has another jewel.”
A memorial service for Mrs. Beck was held in the First United Methodist Church of Springhill, Louisiana, November 9, 1988, with the following ministers participating; The Rev. Charles Humphreys, pastor of the Springhill United Methodist Church, Dr. Henry Blount, Ruston District Superintendent, and the Rev. Gladwin Cannel, Camden District Superintendent.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1989, p.181 By Henry C. Blount

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