|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|