Pat Hazeldine

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Memorial Services will be held at a later date for 89-year old Patricia (Sears) Hazeldine.

A memorial has been established and donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainchapel.com

Patricia Sears Hazledine was born in Chamberlain, SD, on March 9, 1933, to John and Eva Sears. She peacefully passed away on May 29, 2022, with her family by her side. 

Pat joined her parents and older sister Shirley on the family ranch south of Belvidere, SD, and had many good memories of living on the ranch (doing early morning chores with her dad and jumping off the chicken coop to learn to fly) and starting school in Belvidere. 

The family moved to Spearfish, SD, in 1946 and Pat graduated from Spearfish High School in 1951. She then attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver for one semester, where she majored in theater, wrote scripts, and acted in plays. After that semester she returned to Spearfish and earned her teacher’s certificate at Black Hills Teacher’s College.

Pat married Gerald Hazledine on November 21, 1954. Gerry and Pat had four children together: Linda Kay, Lawrence John, Sandra Lea, and Michael Todd. The family lived in several places over the years, where Gerry worked as a schoolteacher. 

In addition to being a stay-at-home mother for years, Pat worked as a kindergarten teacher in Belle Fourche, a substitute teacher, and later shared her love of history by working at the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins, Wyo. 

She and Gerry moved back to Spearfish in 2000, “snow birding” down to Casa Grande, AZ, for several years before moving to Rushville, NE, in May of 2017.

Pat was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Job’s Daughters, and the Red Hatters member.

She made it to as many Spearfish High School girl’s coffees as possible and also enjoyed reading books of all genres, dancing, camping, crafts, and musicals. 

Pat was a huge and loyal Denver Broncos fan and later in life came to enjoy and regularly watched “Dancing with the Stars”. 

Pat was an energetic, compassionate, caring and kind woman her entire life and made lifelong friends wherever she lived. 

She had great pride in all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as great interest in all of their endeavors, achievements, hopes, and dreams.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents John and Eva Sears, her sister Shirley (Sears) Bickel, her son Lawrence John Hazledine, and granddaughter Sophia Rose Jones-Hazledine. 

She is survived by her husband of 67 years Gerald Hazledine, daughters Linda (John) Nemec of Midland, SD, and Sandra Lowery of Belle Fourche, SD, son Michael (Cate Jones) Hazledine of Rushville, NE, grandchildren Jessica (Jon) Gamotis, Heather Lowery, Rachael Lowery, Evan Jones-Hazledine, Benjamin Jones-Hazledine and Ivy Jones-Hazledine, great-grandson Leo Gamotis and her nephews, nieces and their families. 

Pat is loved and will be sadly missed.

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