Hazel Conors passed away peacefully on Aug. 19, 2019.
Hazel Conors passed away peacefully on Aug. 19, 2019. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Devils Lake Cemetery with Reverend Lyle Belleque officiating. Hazel Conors was born on December 17, 1932, near Fresno, Calif. After graduating from high school, she went on to attend Fresno State College where she received her Bachelor’s degree. While studying at Fresno State, she met an aspiring vocalist by the name of Howard Nelson, to whom she was assigned as an accompanist. Howard asked Hazel to assist him at the local church where he was involved with music and youth work. It soon became obvious that they could make beautiful music together both on and off stage. Hazel and Howard were married on Aug. 10, 1956, and moved to Seattle shortly thereafter. While Howard was pursuing his graduate degree in music at the University of Washington, Hazel taught third grade at Montlake Elementary School. She also went on to obtain her Masters degree in education at the UW. Hazel and Howard were active members of the United Evangelical Church in Ballard, teaching Sunday school and offering their musical gifts. At church business meetings, Hazel was known for asking “Why?” She was never satisfied with the usual answer: “Because we’ve always done it that way!” In the early Sixties, Howard and Hazel moved from Seattle to the Midwest where they accepted faculty positions at Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. Hazel taught piano and music education. In 1967, the Nelsons moved to Zurich, Switzerland where they would live for four decades. Howard performed as a baritone with the Zurich Opera Company and Hazel continued her work as a pianist professionally and privately. Together they worshiped at the International Protestant Church in Zurich. The Nelsons returned to the States in 2006, settling at Covenant Shores. Howard and Hazel continued to share their musical gifts with congregations in the Seattle area, especially with United Evangelical Church in Ballard where Howard had been choir director at one time. She was preceded in death by; her parents, and her husband. Peace to her memory.