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A colourful lady, larger than life and an
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 By Crediton Courier Newspaper in Local People
NOT for a long time can there have been so many people at a service in
Bow Parish Church as there were for Hazel Pickard.
Hazel died on June
15, her funeral service was held on June 28, a day after she would have
St Bartholomew’s Church was full, plus people
standing wherever they could, a few more outside on a windy, damp day.
The choir which Hazel had set up with Susan Gales many years ago was
augmented by former members, sang a special piece.
Hazel had moved to Bow to live on a farm, she met William Pickard and
they were married at the church in October 1960, living nearly all that
time at the farm next door.
She had been part of a large family with
five brothers and a sister and she and William had five children and
seven grandchildren. Mr Geering said Hazel had become known to almost
everyone as Auntie Hazel, her husband as Uncle William.
Their home at
Nymet Barton was always full of people, as well as the family and
friends there would be foreign students from all over the world - the
United Nations in one kitchen.
The farm dogs were also family pets, orphan lambs would go indoors
beside the Rayburn, chicks would be looked after in a shoe box under a
feather duster, and Hazel loved horses. She had learned to ride as a
She had been a member of Bow Young Farmers’ Club and
the Playgroup and Mother and Toddler Group. Withy Bow Twinning
Association she enjoyed many trips to St Martin de Bienfaite,
Bow’s twin in France.
She was a Trustee of Bow Community
Centre, had been a bell ringer for 52 years, retiring in 2011 when a
surprise peal was rung for her. Judges for bellringing competitions
would use their house, and there were the ringers’ outings.
She was a member of the Parochial Church Council, the Cadbury Deanery
Synod, an ardent member of the Prayer Book Society, and had been known
far and wide for her work with the Mothers’ Union.
Seager-Berry, past Exeter Diocesan MU president, said Hazel was
Enrolling Member and for many years Branch Leader of Bow
Mothers’ Union as well as Deanery chairman for a time.
Marigold spoke of Hazel’s
hugely generous hospsitality, always food and fellowship, love and hugs
in abundance. “A dear, unique and wonderful soul,”
Hazel also worked with Bow church choir and was a Sunday School
teacher, organising many Sunday School outings and treats for the young
choristers and the annual Diocesan holidays.
She was loving, accepting
and nurturing. Mr Geering said everything was done with an immense
amount of love and fierce single-minded purpose - you could not ignore
He added that St Francis and the Franciscan ideal
resonated with her. His love of animals and all Creation, his sense of
fun, his dedication to God, his rootedness in an ordinary and
Hazel went along with all that and at a
breathless pace. Mr Geering said: “We remember a colourful
lady, larger than life and an indomitable spirit.
Hazel’s coffin was carried by her sons and
grandsons, a muffled peal rung as her coffin was carried across the
road to be buried.
Donations in lieu of flowers were for Cancer
Research and the Friends of Okehampton Hospital.
Extract and photo credit above : Crediton courrier news paper
: Wednesday, 29
Hezel on visit organized by the Committees of twinnings.
To Dear William,
We will remember about Hezel her fancy and love for the music.
We enjoyed travelling on Devon’s country roads.
However, in a car driven by Hezel singing at the top of her voice, it
From Liliane & Yves