Hazel Owens Kirk of 80 years passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville FL.
Hazel was born March 4, 1940 in Lake City, Florida to the late Henry and Ethel Tyre Owens. Starting in Jacksonville, Hazel and her family enjoyed the experience of living at multiple duty stations including Key West, FL, San Diego, CA and Rota, Spain before returning to Jacksonville. As a military wife, over the next 22 years, many of the assignments would require her husband to be gone for long periods of time, leaving Hazel to take care of the family on her own, thus she developed into a strong and independent woman. The family settled in Jacksonville after military retirement. Hazel started working in market research and eventually opened “Kirk Research”, a successful business of many years. Hazel and Steve finally “retired” to Odum Georgia. Her love of life was evident in all the things she did, Hazel kept herself busy even when she wasn’t working or caring for her family by taking care of plants, especially her orchids, which she loved dearly. She also enjoyed painting, drawing and creating other beautiful sketches and forms of art. In addition to her parents, her brother, Carl Owens, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of sixty-one years: Steve Kirk of Odum; three children: Ray Kirk and wife Sharon; Stanley Kirk and Rebecca Kirk; sister: Katie Larramore; grandchildren: Sarah Brantley and husband Justin; Sabrina Hardie and husband Tucker; Kevin Kirk, Sarah Melvin and husband Cody; Steven Kirk and Emily Conti; one great grandchild: Wyatt Hardie and another on the way. Several nieces, nephews and extended family members also survive.
Funeral services will start at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup, GA with Rev. Stanley Todd performing the service. Family and friends are welcome at 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to services.
Hazel will be laid to rest in Jacksonville National Cemetery.
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