Hazel Merriman-Reynolds, 93

Hazel (Smith) Merriman-Reynolds, 93, of Schoolcraft, and formerly of Klinger Lake, passed away Feb. 25, 2014, with Shirley by her side.

She had lived at Klinger Lake since 1943, later moving to Schoolcraft. She was a homemaker and had worked at Scovill and Harvey Paper in Sturgis.

Ms. Reynolds was born Aug. 28, 1916, in Noble Township, Bronson, to Walter and Mable (Hoard) Smith. On April 19, 1935, she married Chalmer Merriman. He preceded her in death in November 1980. In September 1981, she married Elwood Reynolds. He preceded her in death in 1989.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, June McCarthy of Sturgis and Shirley and Bob Bale of Schoolcraft; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her father, Walter Smith, and mother, Mable (Hoard) Smith; two brothers, George and Harold Smith; a sister, Olive Smith Cummings; and a son-in-law, Michael T. McCarthy.

Hazel Merriman-Reynolds was not your typical grandmother. She couldn’t remember how many deer she had bagged. This is added to the 18 bear she killed during her lifetime. She had a cabin on a small lake near Sidnaw in the Upper Peninsula, where she spent her summers until her health was bad. Winters were spent at Lake Rosalie near Lake Wales, Fla.

As she requested, there will be no services.

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