Remembering Hazel Mae Pressley Bloodworth, 100, a young-at-heart inspiration to those around her

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Hazel Mae Pressley Bloodworth
Hazel Mae Pressley Bloodworth

Hazel Mae Pressley Bloodworth was never one for couch-sitting.

Throughout her century on earth she kept herself busy taking care of her children, spent time with her grandchildren and made many friends along the way. It was in part due to her active lifestyle that she was young at heart for so long and became an inspiration to those around her.

Mrs. Bloodworth, of Wilmington, died June 22, 2015, at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove. She was 100.

One activity Mrs. Bloodworth truly enjoyed was camping, according to her daughter, M.J. Cooper. She was in a camping club and brought her grandchildren along on many camping trips throughout the years.

Mrs. Bloodworth was also a big fan of square dancing with her husband, and whether she was camping or square dancing, making crafts or sewing, she was constantly meeting new people.

“Mom was a very social person,” Mrs. Cooper said. “[She] always had a smile on her face. That’s what people said most about her.”

There was no place on earth that made Mrs. Bloodworth happier than her church, Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she was the oldest member, Mrs. Cooper said. She was deeply involved in church activities, including serving as deacon and singing in the choir until age 97.

Her church was important to her because of how strong her faith was, according to her daughter. There were a lot of people she’d attended funerals for in her life and she was looking forward to seeing them all again.

“She was blessed, and she was ready,” Mrs. Cooper said.

Mrs. Cooper, her family and all of Mrs. Bloodworth’s friends gathered to celebrate Mrs. Bloodworth’s 100th birthday in March. Two weeks ago, they all celebrated with another party–a rejoice celebration of life with Mrs. Bloodworth attending as the guest of honor. It was a way for Mrs. Bloodworth’s family and friends to say their goodbyes and share their love with her one last time.

Mrs. Bloodworth was born in Asheville and was preceded in death by her husband, James Bloodworth; a daughter, Betty Moore; son-in-law, Julius Moore; one sister; and four brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, M.J. Cooper and husband, Dan, of Wilmington; sister, Edith Crisp, of Marion; grandchildren, Steve Moore; Alan Moore and wife, Blair; Angie Valentine and husband, Keith; Traci Bayse and husband, Doug; David Moore and wife, Susan; and Amy Barnhill and husband, Steven; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Please consider a memorial contribution to Bethany Presbyterian Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home.

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Amanda Thames is the obituary writer for Port City Daily. Reach her at 910-772-6319 or obits@portcitydaily.com.