Hazel Mary Stedman

March  30th, 1943 December  20th, 2023
Thousand Oaks, CA
Hazel Mary Stedman



March 30, 1943 – December 20, 2023

Born in London, England, during WWII, Hazel won a place at the University of Cambridge and became the first member of her family to go to college. At Cambridge she studied Natural Sciences, particularly Physics, Metallurgy and Crystallography and met the love of her life, Donald, also a Natural Sciences student, there. They married soon after graduation and moved to Norwich, East Anglia, where their son Kenneth was born, and then to London to complete Donald’s PhD. An opportunity to continue Donald’s studies at Kansas State University moved the family to the USA, where Roy and Ian were born. After a brief stint at Ford Motor Company, Donald moved to the University of Michigan. Hazel resumed her education and upon graduation from the School of Dentistry (DDS), took a research associate position in the department of Oral Biology, studying the development and responses of taste buds.

 Sabbatical leave took the family to live in New Zealand for 6 months and led to Donald’s research solidifying around measuring automobile exhaust gases. He was then awarded an Endowed Chair at the University of Denver. This started Hazel’s occupation as a ‘trailing spouse’, assisting him around the world. This allowed some sight-seeing opportunities, but mostly experienced many freeway on-ramps while growing an extensive fruit and vegetable garden. She helped found the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra and entertained some young, subsequently famous, musicians.

 Retirement brought the opportunity of pleasure travel, including Alaska, Africa, Central America, the Galapagos, Peru, and a final trip back to England. After Donald’s passing, Hazel enjoyed her own world travels, exploring Madagascar, Borneo, India, and Crete while finding a home in Chatsworth Lake Manor. Locally, Hazel became a California State Park volunteer at the Santa Susana State Historic Park and the Sky Valley Volunteers, replanting the hills above Chatsworth with oak tree seedlings.

 Later she turned to UVTO, between nature (Wildwood Park) and culture (CLU). Arriving in 2022, she enjoyed the varied and active lifestyle. In December 2023 she succumbed in Eugene, Oregon, with her son Kenneth, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter present. She willed her body to science and education.  

There will be no services. She left us her gracious spirit, intelligent conversation and kindness



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February 22, 2024
On behalf of the Boeing team, thank you Hazel for giving so unselfishly of your time and taking extra special care of our oak seedlings while helping us reforest oak woodlands in this vital wildlife corridor. Your presence here will be missed dearly.

When I am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

by Mary Oliver
Kamara Sams
January 14, 2024
I was so saddened to hear the news, made more poignant by the fact that I was planning to visit Hazel in April as part of a 4 week trip to the US from England. I was amazed (though I shouldn't have been) when she said the date we were thinking of would be fine as she would be back from Chile on the 9th! I admired how she kept on with the travelling she loved so much. On my two previous visits to the US Hazel and Donald made us very welcome at their home in Denver and delighted in showing us some of the highlights of the surrounding area. I also remember them visiting my parents when passing through Northampton on their many travels giving me, my brother and our families the chance to catch up in person. Hazel always took a great interest in what the Cooke branch of the family were up to and I will miss our exchange of chatty emails in which she updated me on what her sons and their families were doing and their many accomplishments. She was clearly very proud of you all. Sincerest condolences to the whole family. Here's a photo my mum Elaine has of Hazel sitting on her mum Kathleen's lap with her brother Harvey (my dad) and their dad Donald.
Gaynor Nelson (nee Cooke)
January 3, 2024
Sophia highschool graduation 2021
Barbara Stedman
January 3, 2024
Grandbabies - Sophia 2004 and Helena 2007
Barbara Stedman
January 3, 2024
40th Wedding Anniversary 2004
Barbara Stedman
January 3, 2024
Wedding Ken and Barbara
Barbara Stedman
January 3, 2024
More Caribbean trip photos
Barbara Stedman
January 3, 2024
In 2014 Hazel and Donald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip on a sailing ship in the Caribbean
Barbara Stedman
December 24, 2023
Birthday celebrations 2018-2019
Barbara Stedman
December 24, 2023
Photos of birthday celebrations 2020-2022
Barbara Stedman
December 24, 2023
Last March we were fortunate to all come together to celebrate Hazel‘s 80th birthday on Edisto Island, South Carolina
Barbara Stedman
December 23, 2023
I have nothing but the fondest memories of both Hazel & Donald, from Cambridge and Norwich, to their many visits to Danville and my family, to their visit to us in Maine, and 3 visits to see them in Denver - and of course, with them as well as Roy and Allison in Peru in 2005. The attached snap from Peru is not great, but the best I could find at this time, and may not have been around.
Our sincere condolences to all the family - she is in our thoughts and we shall miss her greatly as she was a wonderful correspondent over the years.
harold underhill
December 21, 2023
The family in 2019 at the furthest dry spot below sea level in Badwater Basin
Roy Stedman

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