In loving memory of

Hazel Henryson
December 22, 1925 - December 27, 2019

Hazel Henryson, age 94, passed away at Bickford Cottage in Ames, Iowa on Friday December 27th, 2019.
Hazel S. (Thompson) Henryson was born on December 22nd, 1925 on the family farm in Radcliffe, Iowa to Solomon and Alma (Mortvedt) Thompson. She attended country school until starting high school in Ellsworth with her older sister, Adelyn, and younger sister, Hannah. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in rural Radcliffe.

Hazel lived in Story City for many years and was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church. Upon moving to Ames, she joined Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Always a hard worker, she held various jobs throughout her life. The most recent positions were in the Men's Department at J.C. Penney and the Iowa State Center, enjoying the interaction with all she met. From her marriage to Harold Henryson they had a daughter, Pauline, and a son, Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Adelyn Alsager and Hannah Gordon, and an infant brother, Stanley Thompson.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Pauline (Kirk) Geist of Gilbert, son, Wayne (Kathy) Henryson of Ames, and grandchildren, Kristen Geist (Jared Snethen), Mackenzie (Mark) Groteluschen, Kelly (Chris) Johnson, and Mollie (Paul) Odendahl. She was great grandmother to Harper, Ezra, and Theo Groteluschen, Crayton Foth, Caleb and Claire Johnson, Cameron, Calista, and Caedence Snethen.

She leaves behind her Bickford Senior Living Family and her Suncrest friends as well, for which her family is forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to: Greenwood Cemetery Association, Ellsworth, Iowa or Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa
The family will receive friends 10-11:00 a.m. Thursday January 2nd, 2020 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. Ames, Iowa with a 11:00 am Celebration of Life memorial service at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Burial will be at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in rural Ellsworth, Iowa

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Ronda Zochert wrote on Feb 14, 2020:

"Thinking of Hazel?s family today, especially Pauline and Wayne. Remember the good times!"

Lori Madsen wrote on Jan 1, 2020:

"Pauline and Wayne, my sympathies to you and your families. Your mom was such a wonderful lady and a treasured friend to my mom, Wanda Roney. I am sure those two are reunited in Heaven and visiting with each other once again. Keeping you all in my prayers. Lori Madsen"

Wendy DeMatto wrote on Dec 31, 2019:

"Hazel was a wonderful volunteer here at Mary Greeley Medical Center ICCU desk for several years. My Fridays were always brightened when I stopped down to see here each week. What a gem she was and I know she will be missed by many. I send my prayers of peace of comfort to her family and friends. ~ Wendy DeMatto, Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Greeley Medical Center"

Darla Heller wrote on Dec 30, 2019:

"Pauline/Kirk, Wayne/Kathy and families: The halls of Bickford will never fee the same without her there. Her laughter, smile and warm heart will forever remind all of how life is so precious. Hazel became my "other Mama", "Mama Love", "Mama Fancy" and most importantly someone that my life was so Blessed to have known. Thank you so much Pauline and Wayne for sharing her with all of us at Bickford. My life was greatly enriched the day she walked in... "

Carla troxel wrote on Dec 30, 2019:

"Hazel and I worked together at j c Penney. She was an amazing person. She worked and worked, never giving up. I thought she would live forever. I always told her I wanted to be just like her . Fondest memories . Carla Troxel "

Ronda Zochert wrote on Dec 30, 2019:

"To all who loved Hazel, we offer our sympathy. She will be missed! Dennis and Ronda Zochert"

Denise Carlson wrote on Dec 30, 2019:

"Pauline and Wayne, I offer my sympathies to all of you. Hazel was one in a million and always treated me with kindness and affection. I treasure my childhood memories of time spent with your family, as well as the chats with Hazel about grandchildren, Story City happenings, and events at Hilton and the mall. Wishing all of you a sense of peace at this difficult time. With love, Denise Carlson "