Hazel Louise Smith departed this life and stepped over into eternity on Feb. 3, 2013. She was born on May 2, 1921 in Prince George’s County, Md. She was the daughter of the late Bishop Harry and Alice Hughes. Mother Hazel as she was called was baptized at an early age. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and didn’t mind letting you know.

She joined Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church in the mid-forties and was a devoted and loyal member. Because of her love for her church and pastor, she would not let anyone talk about her pastor. She sang on several choirs including the Senior Choir, the Women’s Chorus, the Mass Choir, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and The Pauline Wells Lewis Legacy Mass Choir, where she was known as the Mother of the Choir.

Hazel was a cosmetologist for over 50 years. She also loved to cook, as many know her specialties were cheese cake, German chocolate cake, apple and peach cobblers, pound cake, friend chicken, crab cakes and many other delicious dishes.

She was preceded in death by Doris and James Thurston, her sister and brother-in-law.

Mother Hazel leaves to cherish her memory a devoted son, Roland C. Smith Sr., grandchildren, Roland C. Smith Jr., Luvern C. Smith, Kelly Simmons (Barry) and Mark Wright; a host of great-grandchildren, great nieces and nephews, two great goddaughters, Janae Sturgis and Katie Crawford and a host of relatives and friends.