Obituaries detail

Jo Ann Hazel
Feb 02, 1946 - May 13, 2018


JoAnn Hazel was born February 2, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio. She passed away at home in Independence, Missouri on May 13, 2018. She was 72.



Jo graduated from Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio and worked for the Northwood Schools for seventeen years. She is fondly remembered as “Jo the Bus Driver”. She was a member of Dendarah Court of Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America for 38 years and served as the High Priestess from 1990-1991.



Jo moved to Independence, MO in November of 1995 to be with her friend and partner, Edna Walraven. She worked briefly for Southwestern Bell (now AT&T) in Kansas City before retiring on disability. Jo and Edna shared a love of theatre as well as many other interests and experienced a wonderful 22 ½ years together, enjoying every day. Together they were complete.



She was her daughter Kimi’s BEST FRIEND and always will be. Jo loved to go fishing, enjoyed sports and was an avid Buckeye fan. You can be sure she will be yelling “O H” from heaven on game days.


So many tears are shed, but knowing she is no longer in pain is a small comfort. Edna now has a hole in her heart that is all consuming. Jo’s easy smile and playful personality will long be imprinted on the hearts of all who knew her. Family and friends will miss her so much but all are grateful to have been a part of her life.



Jo was a loving wife, mother, sister and aunt along with being a friend to many. She leaves her wife Edna, daughter Kim Hazel-Meyers (Jeri), brothers Ronald Spencer (Faye) and Don Spencer, brother-in-law Kenny Walraven and numerous nieces and nephews.



Edna will be receiving guests at her home at 4208 S Cottage Ave in Independence between 2 and 4 pm on Saturday, May 19 to honor Jo and celebrate her life. A memorial service will also be held in Toledo, Ohio at a later date.



Memorial gifts may be made to Dendarah Court in care of Zoellen Murphy, 7326 Starlight Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551 or to Tarrara Court in care of Claire Lindsey, 4929 S Norfleet Rd., Independence, MO 64055.



Until we see you again, Jo, WE LOVE YOU.


Additional Service:
Celebration of Life
The Home
4208 S. Cottage Ave.
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Date of Service:
May 19, 2018
Time of Service:
2:00 pm
Additional Information:

Edna will be receiving guests at her home at 4208 S Cottage Ave in Independence between 2 and 4 pm on Saturday, May 19 to honor Jo and celebrate her life.

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Cara Griswold May 16, 2018

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Edna and Kim, my heart is breaking for you. Know that you are in my thoughts. I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to know and love Jo. She was an open and non-judgmental friend, a priceless treasure. She was so full of laughter, even through her pain. I’m so grateful that she is no longer in pain, though she will be missed by so many here on earth.

JAN REAR May 17, 2018

I will miss my best friend and my buddy Jo Hazel. I have spent the last 8 years with my buddy agrivating her laughing together and loving my friend. There are many people including Deb you can spend eternity with I surely will miss you but I know you feel no pain anymore. I love you Jo forever in my heart and soul Jan.Lucky and Splashy

Don Kettle Jr. May 17, 2018

high school friend ,perrysburg ohio ,Ohio

I lived one mile south of Jo Ann when I was growing up, and was at one time fairly close to her as a friend...I went to her home many times, and always had a lot of laughs with happens often, I lost touch with her to a large degree when we graduated from high school, but I was able to see her once more at the last reunion, and that was great...I now regret not talking to her more at that event. Thanks, Jo Ann, for the great memories, and for being a great friend to me when I was growing up.

Linda Walker May 17, 2018

Friend ,Sedalia ,Missouri

I am so sorry for your loss. Jo was an exceptional lady and a dear friend. She will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family during this time. Jester Hugs from Linda and Bill

Randy Ann Bechtel May 17, 2018

longtime friend ,PUNTA GORDA ,Florida

Dear Edna, How special Jo was to all of us. From the time I met her in 1981 as Busy Bees we became close not so in the last 20 years but I regarded her as one in a million to always pick up and chat when we saw each other in Shrine. Am so very sorry to learn of her passing and know she will take a special place in all of our hearts. From Busy Bees to Bag Pipes, and one of Lisa's Tigers she will be truly missed. My condolences to you and and Kimmie and your family she was truly a great person! Our love to all, Randy Ann and Pete Bechtel

Meladie Spencer May 17, 2018

Cousin ,Toledo ,Ohio

MEMORY ETERNAL JO! Will always remember you helping me learn the months of the year in Millbury. Love, Mel, Denny, Larry and Rich

Karen Monroe May 17, 2018

Friend and classmate ,Millbury ,Ohio

Jo, you will be missed so much by many. We had a lot of fun in school. Prayers to your whole family and friends, and to your wife. She will have a whole in her heart for many years to come. So glad we got to see you at our 50th class reunion. You were always the life of the party. Keep it up in the hereafter.

Cheryl Ross May 17, 2018

Friend ,Wichita ,Kansas

I am so sorry to learn of Jo’s passing! May she forever Rest In Peace.

Anne and Joe May 17, 2018

Friend ,MIllbury ,Ohio

JO, Rest in peace my friend. We had many years, many laughs,and many tears together. WE hold you responsible for introducing us(lol) TIll we meet again.5 5CV5b

Stephanie Amaya May 17, 2018

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Sending you my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Stephanie

Wanda Holman May 17, 2018

Friend ,Odessa ,Missouri

So sorry to hear about her passing. You all are in my prayers.

Leon and Peg Keller May 18, 2018

Classmates at Lake High School ,Brook Park ,Ohio

You will be missed by all. Many great memories of friendship and competition. Jo's attention to the spirit of those around her allowed everyone try to do their best. She was a caregiver and a spirit booster. Thank you Jo for steady friendship.