Hazel M. Perrin, 97, died Monday, March 2, 2020, at Unity Point-St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.
A visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, 1801 Morningside Ave. A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside, with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Hazel Marie Cooper, the daughter of Thomas and Amelia (Gunsolley) Cooper was born March 9, 1922, in Walt Hill, NE. She graduated from high school in Rosalie, NE in 1941.
On July 7, 1941, Hazel was united in marriage with Gerald Perrin in Pender, NE. When Gerald entered the military during World War II, Hazel moved to Portland, OR to be near her husband. She worked in the shipyards as a “Rosie the Riveter”.
The couple came back to Sioux City, where Hazel was primarily a mother and homemaker. She also volunteered with hospice, worked in Food Service in the public schools, and later in life, cleaned homes for elderly people. Gerald died February 19, 2002.
Hazel was a 50-year member of St. James United Methodist Church and was active in the church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and was an accomplished seamstress. Hazel volunteered at Shesler Hall, and even served on the board of directors. She was proud of her vegetable and flower gardens, and her family and the neighborhood benefitted from her bounty.
Hazel is survived by her children, Gerald (Carol) Perrin of Sioux City, Glenn (Linda Lou) Perrin of Corrales, NM, Rita (Terry) Rose of Sioux City, Daneel Perrin of California, Ronald Perrin of Palmer, AK, eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Charles (Jean) Cooper of Port Orange, FL, Helen Phillips of Sioux City, Mary Lou Broderson of Sioux City, Amy (John Prescott) Kline of Sioux City; two sisters-in-law, Betty Cooper of South Sioux City, NE, Fran Cooper of Jackson, NE; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, LeRoy, William, Harold, Glenn, Gene, Donald, Cecil, Kenneth, Ronald, LaVerne; an infant brother; and a daughter-in-law, Sherry Perrin.