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Hazel E. Kemp

March 4, 2018

Hartford—Hazel E. Kemp, 87, formerly of Eskridge passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at her home in Hartford.

She was born December 22, 1930 in Topeka, the daughter of Guy A. and Helen Lucille Brelsford Sterrett. Hazel graduated from Washburn Rural High School with the class of 1948.

Hazel had lived in the Eskridge community many years before moving to Hartford in 2012. She was a cashier at the Flint Hills Bank many years retiring in 1993. She later was the bookkeeper at the Eskridge Lumber CO. She was a member of the Eskridge Presbyterian Church. She had served two terms on USD No. 330 School Board and two terms on the Eskridge City Council, she also served as the treasurer for the city of Eskridge. She was a member of the Eskridge Labor Day Rodeo Committee for 15 years.  Hazel was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was united in marriage to Dale M. Kemp on July 8, 1950 at Kansas City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2008, she was also preceded in death by her son Richard Dale Kemp on April 11, 2011; brothers, Bill, Bob, Jim, and Joe Sterrett; sisters, Dorothy Neil, Helen Sterrett and Sarah Graham.

Survivors include her son, Randall (Deanna) Kemp, Eskridge; her daughter, Ronda (Rex) Truelove, Hartford; daughter-in-law Connie Kemp, Eskridge; her companion, Don Truelove of the home; brother-in law, Larry Graham, Pittsburg; sisters-in-law, Madeline Sterrett, Holton, and Wilma Sterrett in Arizona; six grandchildren, Tyler (Kerri), Drew (Kristi), Quinton (Kara), Courtland (Kyle), Tamara (Chet) and David (Chalene); 7 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends with a Celebration of Life on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Hartford United Methodist Church from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. Graveside services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Eskridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford United Methodist Women or to the Eskridge Fire Fighter Association and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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8 thoughts on “Hazel E. Kemp

  1. Hazel was such a sweet lady and dear friend. Always smiling. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. She will be missed.

  2. Randy&Deanna and families
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. What a Sweet wonderful lady. I remember in my High school days, stoping by to see you Randy. Your mother always stated door is unlock come on in. When I think of Eskridge, I think of several couples who loved their community. In my Book your parents where Mr & Mrs Eskridge.
    God Bless you and your families

  3. Jim George came in the salon and told me today about the news of Hazel passing.

    She was the absolute sweetest lady. She told me a ton of stories about her life.

    The things I will miss most is her sweet smile, how she would some in and say “SUSAN We have to do something with this PLEASE help me.” Every time…..we would both just laugh.

    I am very sorry for the loss of Hazel no one will be able to replace her.

  4. Just saw an announcement that Hazel had passed. My condolences to Randy, Rhonda and families. Hazel was a dear friend to our family. And her husband, Dale, was a special friend to our father, Pat. Both Hazel and Dale are, and will be, missed by the entire Eskridge community and my family. I can’t remember seeing Hazel without a smile on her face, a kind greeting, and a question about how all of us Bowers’ were doing. I’m sure she’s proudly watching down upon her children and grandchildren from heaven. May that serve as some comfort in this difficult time.

  5. Our hearts go out to the entire Kemp family. Hazel was a sweet lady and we enjoyed knowing her in her many roles in the Eskridge community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. The Kemp Family were our neighbors for many years. Hazel was a lady that was always busy taking care of her family. I don’t think she ever knew a stranger. Always smiling. She work hard whether at home, the bank or Kemp’s KT Service. She was just a really nice Lady. I am so sorry for your loss and I know she is at peace and watching down on you to help guide you the rest of your lives. God Bless

  7. Simply put, I loved that woman. She was always a smiling face in my life growing up in Eskridge. Always knew me and asked how I was doing whenever I saw her in later years. I am sad. Brady and I offer sincere condolences to the family.

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