Hazel Yager Brown, lover of music

Hazel Yager Brown, 96, of Phoenix, passed away Friday, Dec. 20.

She was born Aug. 14, 1917, the daughter of the late Royal and Ella (Thomson) Yager.

She was a 1935 graduate of Fulton High School and worked at Nestlé Co. from 1935-39.

Hazel married her husband Howard Brown in 1937 and lived in the hamlet of Jacksonville, town of Lysander, for 63 years.

She attended the Little Utica United Methodist Church and was active with the Granby and Jordan-Elbridge Senior Citizens.

Hazel had a love of music and continued playing the organ into 2012. She enjoyed crocheting and many crafts.

Hazel was predeceased by her husband Howard in 1976, and by siblings Emma Loveland Vollendorf, Jane Hungerford, Gordon, Leonard, Adelbert, Lawrence and Robert Yager, and a granddaughter, Tania Horner.

Surviving are her children, Jeanette (John) Horner of Elbridge, Ronald Brown of Syracuse and Wendy (Joseph) Borayi Jr. of Pennellville; grandchildren, John III, Joel (Lori), Jeffrey (Tina) and Donielle Horner; step-grandchildren, Joseph (Theresa) Borayi and Felicia Weber; great grandchildren, John Wesley, Ashley and Lizzie Horner and Michael Demascole; several step-great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Leone Yager.

Calling hours were Friday, Dec. 27, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, with services following.

Burial will be at Jacksonville Cemetery in Lysander.

Memorials are encouraged to the Little Utica United Methodist Church, 9100 Prine Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

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