Hazel SPEEDIE

SPEEDIE Hazel Catherine Speedie (nee Buswell) of Red Deer passed away on August 3, 2005 at the age of 81 years. Hazel was born, an only child, on June 1, 1924 at the family farm near Wapella, Saskatchewan. She received her schooling in Wapella and following her graduation in 1942, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. She trained in Ontario and was stationed at Pat Bay on Vancouver Island as a Leading Air Woman in fighter control (WW2). It was there she met Corp. James Speedie (Royal Air Force/RCAF) whom she married and had eight children with. They settled on Vancouver Island but moved to Nelson B.C. in 1968. In 1972 James retired and the Speedie family moved back to Wapella to be near Hazel's elderly father. Years after her husband and father died, Hazel relocated closer to family in Red Deer. Hazel enjoyed excellent health until diagnosed with cancer in May of this year. She loved her independence and made good use of her city bus pass to visit her favorite places. She also took great pleasure in her frequent outings with Bridey, one of her dearly loved granddaughters. She loved to read, but only those materials from which something useful was learned. This included everything from newspapers, magazines, books, and of course, her Bible. She cherished her family and kept track of everyone through phone calls, letters, and visits. She could always tell you what was going on in the lives of each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, her husband (1974), three granddaughters, and one daughter-in-law. She is survived by her children, Richard Speedie (Jan), Wayne Speedie (Cindy), Dana McLean, Cary (Gord) Campbell, James and John Speedie, Cathy (Rick) Cunday and Shauna (Leo) Beier, fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Her final weeks in the palliative care unit of the Red Deer Hospital were spent surrounded by her family. This was a special time for everyone with much reminiscing and joy. She died as she lived, with grace, dignity, at peace with God and surrounded by her loving family. At Hazel's request there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed in Hazel's name to the Palliative Care Unit, c/o Red Deer Regional Hospital, Bag 5030 Red Deer, AB T4N 6R2. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at: www.parklandfuneralhome.com In living memory of the late Hazel Catherine Speedie, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.


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