Hazel Swart White, 81, ‘constant and benevolent force in the life of her family’

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Hazel Swart White, 81, of Rocky Point, passed gently from her earthly life on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born June 17, 1934, in New Hanover County, the daughter of the late John and Hazel Thornburg Swart.

Hazel was a member of Pike Rocky Point Presbyterian Church. Many will remember Hazel was a beautician for many years.

Hazel dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and her most recently added great grandchildren. Hazel grew up on a dairy and flower farm, thus her love of animals (her grand-dogs and a special cat) and flowers. Hazel will be remembered for her courage, sense of humor and thoughtfulness toward others. She was a constant and benevolent force in the life of her family, who benefited immeasurably from her wisdom and guidance.

Hazel was also preceded in death by her husband, William Albert White; grandson, Bruce Jan White; and brother, John Swart.

Hazel is survived by her son, Jan White (Cheryl Conrad); daughter, Sue Holmun (Tyler Dees); eight grandchildren, Ara Grainger, Janna White, Savannah Holmun (Garrett Kellar), Casey Holmun, Jared Williams (Stephanie), Zachery Jones, Robert Shivers and Mollie Shivers; nine great-grandchildren, Lennox Kellar, Tyler Smith, Ashton Layer, Alivia White-Weis, Elias Aguilar, Bristol Grainger, Aubree White, Eleynah Williams and Eli Williams; and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Pike Creek Cemetery with Pastor Bob Swart officiating.

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