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Hazel Avanelle Arnpriester

of Lubbock, TX

August 29, 1922 - May 14, 2020


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Hazel Avanelle Arnpriester was born August 29, 1922 and departed this life 05/14/20. She was the second of four daughters born to Henry and Belle Bartz. She was raised on a ranch, attended a one room schoolhouse, and graduated from high school at Ordway, Colorado. Hazel studied one year at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado before marrying Noah Arnpriester, October 11, 1942 in Eads, Colorado. In 1948, the family moved to Canada for Noah to attend Bible School, and returned to Colorado 4 years later. Hazel’s life was dedicated to her family of 9 children and her husband’s calling as pastor with moves to churches in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Nebraska. In 1964, she enrolled at West Texas State College where she realized a life-long dream of graduating with a college diploma in 1967 at age 45. Hazel taught school for 3 years, and in 1970, started working at Sears. She retired after 18 years. In 1992, after Noah’s retirement, they moved to Kansas City. In 2015, Hazel moved to Lubbock Texas, where she resided until her death.

The United Methodist Church was very important to Hazel. Her faith was evident in her daily devotions. She was a life-long member, devoting her time and talents as a member of United Methodist Women. She was most recently a member of St. Johns’s United Methodist Church. Hazel was a fan of the University of Nebraska football team, as well as the Kansas Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. She enjoyed needlepoint and cross-stitch, putting together puzzles and playing cards. She was faithful member of The PEO Sisterhood. Hazel and Noah enjoyed square dancing together.

Surviving Hazel are eight of her nine children. Sons, Marvin, and his wife Carolyn, Paul, and his wife Heidi. Daughters, Donna Echols, her husband Archie, Marilyn Bell, her husband Jimmy, Rachel Jones, Lois Slofkosy, her husband Ken, Arlene Arnpriester-Strass, her husband Bernie, Teresa Swilley and her husband Eric. Her youngest son, David, passed away shortly after his mother, on the same day. Hazel is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Hazel’s legacy is a blessing to all who knew her.

Memorials can be sent to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Synergy Homecare, North Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo, St Paul School of Theology in Leawood, Kansas for Noah Arnpriester Family Scholarship Fund, or St. John’s United Methodist Church, Lubbock Texas.



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11 Condolence(s)
Becky Jesko Smith
Amarillo, TX
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a mama! My thoughts are with you and your family!

Carolyn McDonald
Bushland, TX
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

This family is in my thoughts and prayers. Such a godly family, what a great tribute to a mother of nine children.

Connor and Natalie Davey
Fayetteville, AR
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Very thankful for Great-Grandma Hazel and for Great-Grandpa Noah. In some sense, I heard the gospel growing up because of their faithful proclamation to their children. The Lord saved me through that gospel. All those who trust in Christ for righteousness and turn from their sins will inherit the promise of Revelation 21:3-4, which was shared during the funeral. Very thankful for Hazel's proclamation of that gospel message, and looking forward to that promised day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more death.

Andrew and Kenna Davey
overland park, KS
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A wonderful grandma for 50 years. Can't wait to see her in heaven.

Bill and Kathy Johnson
Amarillo, TX
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dear Cousins all! My heart is with you as you say goodbye to your Mother. I have so many powerful and precious memories of you all and her. I grieve with you, sharing your loss. I'm so very glad we got to come and celebrate her birthday last year. Virtual hugs and sincere love to each of you!

Deb Simmons
Kansas City, MO
Monday, May 18, 2020

Lois - Praise the Lord, what a beautiful Video Memorial to your mom! My continued prayers are with you and your family during this time; however, as we said she and your brother as now joined the Lord and your dad in Heaven. Thank you, Jesus.

Lynda S Walker
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Monday, May 18, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! It was an honor to have met Mrs. Arnpriester - she was an inspiration!

Gary Branch
Lubbock,
Monday, May 18, 2020

All our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. What a wonderful person Gazel was. She will be missed! Gary , Marc and Staff at CVS.

Misty, Ty, Ragan & Sarah Bechtel
Lenexa, KS
Monday, May 18, 2020

I feel so lucky that I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandma, Hazel, and grandpa, Noah! She & I played games together and baked cookies! She always let me sift the flour because I loved doing that! When the whole family would be together, we always had a puzzle being worked on & card games being played. Grandma always made sure we had meals ready to go & that we were taken care of! After Ty & I were married & had our two girls, Grandpa & Grandma had moved to KC and we got to see them more often. My kids enjoyed spending time with their great grandparents & loved having a big meal (dinner) at lunchtime when we’d visit. We certainly miss her but we are so happy she had a good, long life and enjoyed her family so much!

Kyle & Julie Schmidt
Pasco, WA
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Hazel was my favorite Aunt on my mother’s side. I always loved visiting both Noah’s and Hazel’s home. I remember in Nebraska walking to get ice cream at a nearby shop. Always a blessing, God is good and I know my mom is celebrating in Heaven wife her sister who is in her eternal home. God Bless!

Bob and Laurel Horton
Limon, CO
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Aunt Hazel will be remembered as the last of her generation in our families. Both she and Uncle Noah were always so special to all the relatives, not just their immediate family. She was a strong, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great, great grandmother as well as Aunt. We know you are now at peace and with Uncle Noah and David.

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