Hazel V. Kemp, 100

-OCT. 24, 2012

October 27, 2012

Hazel Virginia (Dennis) Kemp passed peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Statesman Health and Rehabilitation Center in Levittown, Pa., at 100 years of age with her daughter by her side.

She was the daughter of Essie V. (Sowers) Dennis Childress and Oscar Lee Dennis, and the stepdaughter of Arthur D. Childress. She was the devoted wife of 65 years to Edwin M. Kemp, who preceded her in death in August 2009.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Kemp Cohoon; son-in-law, Barry L. Cohoon; grandson, James M. Bell and his wife, Jodi; and great-granddaughters, Juliana Kaye Bell and Jamie Lee Bell, all of Bucks County, Pa.

Hazel and Ed were lifelong residents of Hagerstown and Williamsport, Md., until relocating to Bucks County, Pa., in 2005 to be nearer to their family.

In addition to her parents and stepfather, Hazel was preceded in death by her sister, Edna Dennis Taylor (Bill) of Binghamton, N.Y.; brothers, Ralph Dennis (Hazel) of Binghamton, Wilbert Dennis (Ava) of South Carolina and Woodrow Dennis; and son, Robert E. Dennis Sr. of Hagerstown.

She is survived by granddaughter, Vicki Neff of Hagerstown; and grandsons, Robert E. Dennis Jr. and Gary Dennis and their children and grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Hazel was employed at The Darling Shop and at Milly's Dress Shop in Hagerstown in the 40s and 50s. She was later employed in the dress departments of Fleisher's on The Square and Eyerly's Department Store, both in Hagerstown During the early 1960s, both Hazel and Ed were very active with the South High Band Boosters. Hazel was a legendary homemaker, cook and hostess until her illness, at age 99, rendered her unable to continue those activities, which she so dearly loved to do.

In accordance with her wishes, Hazel was laid to rest Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in a private service at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, was in charge of the arrangements.

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