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Hazel Howard Congdon, age 98. On the sunny afternoon of June 28 1937, Hazel Howard of Mountain City Tennessee and Edmond Congdon of Erwin Tennessee left the campus of East Tennessee State Teachers College. They were married by a justice of the peace in Gates City, Virginia before returning to campus. This small school in Johnson City, Tennessee prepared both for a lifetime of teaching in the public school systems of Erwin, Tennessee, then Vinton, Petersburg, and Colonial Heights, Virginia. In 1965 Edmond was appointed director of the new technical vocational center for the Peninsula area (VoTech) and Hazel resumed teaching in Newport News Elementary Schools until her retirement. Although widowhood befell Hazel in 1997, she continued to enjoy her home, family, neighbors, friends and former students until a fall this spring forced her to leave home and be lovingly cared for by her family and devoted rehab staff until she passed comfortably on June 30, 2013, a day after the 76th anniversary of her marriage. Although predeceased by parents Roby J. and Hallie S. Howard, husband Edmond and sister, Hester Williams many are left to remember and mourn the loss. Among them are daughters Janet Coon, Jeanne Evans (Jack), grandsons Brian (Cynthia) Evans, Marc Evans, Great Grandsons Dylan and Casey Evans, younger siblings Trula Muse, Eula (Walter) Adams, Roby Howard, Jr. (Dottie), Earl Howard, Lois Ann Adams, Malcolm (Sue) Howard, 22 nieces and nephews and their offspring. Hazel hoped her legacy would be the gifts of love, devotion, knowledge and wisdom passed along to her and that she lovingly shared with all who came within the scope of her entire life. Those very gifts were returned in the care she was given. A grateful thank you is extended to wonderful neighbors, Visiting Angel Cassandra Rome and the wonderful medical staff of The Chesapeake. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday July 8th in the Peninsula Memorial Park followed by a memorial service at 11:00 in the Second Presbyterian Church 201 Menchville Road, Newport News. After the service, all are invited to join the family at a reception given by the Menchville Baptist Church in the Family Life Center at the church, 208 Menchville Road. Those wishing to give donations in Mrs. Congdon’s memory might consider the Menchville Baptist Church Building Fund along with other charities of choice. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
As requested by family, this obituary is a courtesy of Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.