Hazel Anderson, age 61, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, SK after a well-fought battle with cancer. Hazel Anderson was born October 23, 1961 to Jim & Brenda Bradford in Litchfield, England.
Hazel received her education in London, ON and then entered the workforce, working in the hotel industry for many years. She raised her children, Melonie and Robert, in Alberta before moving to Cabri in early 1993. Hazel loved the prairies. The first time she saw the Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park with her friend, Judy, after moving from Lake Lenore, SK they thought they had found an oasis on the prairies. Her favorite color was burnt orange and the sunsets in the land of the living skies lived up to their name.
Hazel married Randy Anderson on July 2, 2011 at the old one-room Sandford Dene Schoolhouse on the Anderson family farm. Hazel’s transition to farm life and the Anderson sisterhood was one of the happiest times of her life. She loved learning how to be a part of farm life and had plenty of room to garden. Her favorite things were flowers (especially petunias) and plants and she had a legendary green thumb.
Her home was her sanctuary and she filled it with an overwhelming amount of vines, cactus, fig, and bonsai trees. Her passion came to life through her love of plants and her home was a solarium. She and Randy custom designed her dream home renovation and it became a beautiful sanctuary for her passion and her plants. Sadly, Hazel didn’t have the chance to finish her beautiful sunroom and swing — she was finally living the happily ever after she’d read about in her stacks of books.
Family meant everything to Hazel and her kids were her pride and joy. She spent hours on the phone with Melonie, catching up and telling stories about their dogs. Her dog, Molly, was also considered family and she dearly missed her other dogs, Harley and Sheba. Her mom was her greatest inspiration and they were inseparable, a bond which she was grateful for. One of four children, she had two sisters, Carol and Shirley, whom she loved dearly and a brother, James, who was her kindred spirit.
Hazel’s sense of humor was legendary and she made everyone cry from laughter when she told stories of her jobs at the Co-op, the Abattoir, the hotel, and the Cabri Care Center as a house keeper, where she worked until she retired. She loved serving all of her customers and residents, with the exception of serving pizza. She was also famous for her white Reebok shoes and over her working career, wore out a thousand pairs. She was everybody’s friend and wore her heart on her sleeve. Her nickname was “Nut” and she always remembered everyone’s nickname.
There were so many things about Hazel that made her special. She loved being outdoors and two of her favorite places were the parks in Cabri and Hazlet. One of her fondest memories was seeing the Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories. She liked listening to Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, and classic country music. Her favorite food was spaghetti and half-moon cakes. Mini carnations were her favorite flowers.
Hazel was a genuinely lovely person inside and out, and she will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her.
Hazel is survived by her husband, Randy Anderson; her children, Melonie (Eugene) (Grand Prairie, AB) and Robert (Jennifer) (St. John’s, NL); her grandchildren, Austin (Ritchelle), Brandon, Caden (Kyra), and Gabrielle; her great-granddaughters, Saphira and Mazikeen; her mother, Brenda; her siblings, Shirley (Cabri, SK), Carol (Mel) (Beaverlodge, AB), and James (Kim) (Calgary, AB); her in-laws, Gayle (Edward) (Denver, CO), Joanne (Miles) (Abbey, SK), Patty (Tom) (Hazlet, SK), and Gary (Peggy) (Ogema, SK); her nieces and nephews; and by many friends.
Hazel was predeceased by her father, Jim Bradford; and by her parents-in-law, Jim & Gladys Anderson.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
In memory of Hazel Anderson, donations made to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
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