|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1918|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2011|
FAIR HAVEN - Mrs. Hazel Phelps Stannard, 92, died January 6, 2011, at her home in Fair Haven.
Hazel was born August 31, 1918, in Fair Haven, Vermont, the daughter of the late Philip M.M. and Alice (Starkey) Phelps. She was proud to be a direct descendent of the Mayflower's Elder Brewster on her mother's side, and William Miller, founder of the Seventh Day Advent church, on her father's side.
Hazel received her education in her hometown, graduating from Fair Haven High School with the class of 1936. She furthered her education at Middlebury College graduating with a degree in music in 1940. Her 70th class reunion was held in 2010.
Following her graduation from Middlebury College, she married George J. Stannard Jr. on her birthday, August 31, 1940, at the First Congregational Church in Fair Haven. The couple remained lifelong residents of Fair Haven. When their boys were young, Hazel enjoyed her summers spent with family and friends at their home on Sunset Lake in Benson.
Hazel began her teaching career at Fair Haven High School, as well as Poultney High School, in 1943 as the chorus director for both schools. She continued to enjoy her students and her music for 14 years, retiring in 1957. She then took a position as a reading instructor at Green Mountain College in Poultney for two years before retiring again.
Hazel spread her love of music throughout the community by teaching private music lessons to hundreds of children and adults as well as her grandchildren. With nervous anticipation, her students performed every year at her recitals. Her gentle persuasion coaxing the grandchildren into lessons was met with great success by some and reluctance by a few!
She was a lifetime member of the First Congregational Church in Fair Haven and an active volunteer and dedicated worker on many fundraising projects for the church. She also served as the choir director of the church for over 40 years as well as a member of the Vestry Club and Pastoral Care Committee. Other memberships included the Fair Haven Art Club, Fair Haven Historical Society and several bridge clubs.
Hazel is survived by her three sons, George J. Stannard III of Fair Haven, Philip A. Stannard Sr. and his wife Kathleen Knapp of Fair Haven, Robert E. Stannard and his wife Patricia Beaumont Stannard of Benson; her grandchildren, Philip Jr. and his wife Chris Reed Stannard, Michael and his wife Karyn Gulla Stannard, and Phil Jr. and Michael's mother, Patricia Canfield Stannard, George "Jud" the IV, Abigale, Luke, Sam, Brette Langevin, Nathan, Mac, Lorien; and her great-grandchildren, Jessica, Ryan, Chaska, Hazyn and Gracianna. Hazel's special commitment to her family and friends never wavered to her last precious breath of life. Her legacy will remain in the eyes of her grandchildren as she rejoins her beloved George on their perfect journey.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church UCC of Fair Haven with Rev. Marshall Hudson-Knapp, pastor, officiating. Immediately following the service, we invite everyone to attend a celebration of Hazel's life at the Fair Haven Inn, 5 Adams St., Fair Haven. A piano awaits all who wish to play in her honor. Hazel will be buried with her husband, George, in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Fair Haven at a later date.
Visiting hours for family and friends will be on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Durfee Funeral Home, 119 North Main St., Fair Haven.
Rather than flowers, Mrs. Stannard's family suggests memorial contributions in her memory to the First Congregational Church UCC, 2 North Park Place, Fair Haven, VT 05743.
Published in Rutland Herald on January 10, 2011
George Judson Stannard (1910 - 1992)*
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Created by: Carol Bestick
Record added: Jan 07, 2011
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