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Hazeldean Hunton Smith

Hazeldean Hunton Smith

Hazeldean Hunton Smith, 94, known to friends and family lovingly and respectfully by Dean, passed away Sept. 21, 2009 after being a resident in Medford since 1949. She was born in Lynn, Mass., to Hazel and John Read. She earned a BA in Secondary Education from Keene College and earned her MA in the same field from Southern Oregon University. She put the MA to use while teaching at Lincoln Elementary as well as Hedrick Junior High before eventually retiring. Dean was married to August Otto Hohensee in 1940 and later to Lee H. Smith in 1959, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Brenda Dean Hohensee (Riggs), John Paul Hohensee and Andrea Smith (Michalek). Dean is also survived by her grandchildren, Jerry Monroe Stinson, Jr. and his daughter, Jerica Stinson, Michael Lee Stinson and his son, Michael John Stinson, Thea Michalek, Allen Hohensee and his children, Angaleena De Hohensee, Tessa Leann Merlo, Fox Mykael Hohensee and Rosemarie Hohensee and Robin Hohensee (Wilson) and her children, Merlin Sky Wilson, Ivy Marie Wilson and Lily Mae Wilson.

She was a lively woman who loved playing Pinochle, making crafts, fishing and traveling; as well as supporting the "Retired Teachers Association." Dean volunteered at the Juvenile Detention Center, and was known for the generosity of her time for everyone. She loved life, had boundless interest in the world around her and a great sense of adventure. Pinochle and art were her things, but the stories she could tell about her friends and family were priceless. Her laughter with people around always ringing through, for everyone to feel the warmth and happiness of her life here in Medford, will be remembered by all.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on October 5th at Conger-Morris Mortuary, 715 W. Main St. in Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations made out to The Rogue Valley Guide Dogs for the Blind, may be sent to 3390 Britt Ave. Medford, OR 97501.

Hazeldean Hunton Smith