She was born on Sept. 19, 1925, at Alpena, Ark., to Ernest and Melissa Fern (Ebersole) Hudkins. The family moved to Parsons, where she grew up and attended school.
She worked several places in Parsons over the years, including Fred Ronald Manufacturing, Nichols and Lambert-Duffy Melone clothing stores, Elmhaven East nursing home and the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center as an art therapist.
She married Rennie M. Root on Sept. 5, 1945, at Bentonville, Ark. He preceded her in death in 1970.
She married Hugh F. Foster on Sept. 8, 1979, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parsons. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2008.
She volunteered as a pink lady for the Labette County Medical Center Auxiliary, now Labette Health. She also served as a volunteer at Hospice Care of Kansas. She and her husband, Hugh, operated the Kiwanis train at Forest Park for several years. She enjoyed painting, crossword puzzles, traveling, antique shopping with Hugh, her grandchildren and needlepoint. She was a faithful member of First Assembly of God Church in Parsons.
Survivors include her daughter, Renee Brumley, and her husband, Bill, of Walker, Mo.; two stepsons, Terry Foster of Chanute and Jeff Foster of Springfield, Ore.; a granddaughter, Sharlene Wulfkuhle and her husband, T.D., of Berryton; five stepgrandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
In addition to her husbands, Hazel was preceded in death by three sisters, Leona Lee, Bonnie Seymour and Virginia Souders; and three brothers, William Hudkins, Eugene Hudkins and Arthur Hudkins.
The graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to First Assembly of God Church or to Hospice Care of Kansas and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.