Eunice Evelyn Hazelton
Nov 7, 1914 – Oct 29, 2015
Eunice Evelyn Knopp was born on November 7, 1914, to Erwin Eugene Knopp and Doris Lohse Knopp in Winona, Minnesota. She was the oldest of seven children, followed by Phyllis, Eugene, Kenneth, Kathyrn, Brian and Bertram.
Her childhood was a happy one, spending summers at their cabin on Prairie Island. After high school she attended beauty school and worked as a hairdresser. She married Lawrence Arthur Hazelton, on December 13, 1941. While Lawrence served in the war, Eunice and two friends drove to Seattle, where they worked at Boeing. After the war she returned to Winona where Lawrence ran a Texaco station. Their son Richard Erwin was born in 1947.
Eunice loved the Pacific Northwest and convinced Lawrence “who only lived to make her happy,” to return to Seattle in 1950 to work at Boeing. They resided in West Seattle and shared a home with Grandpa and Grandma Knopp. It was the joyous gathering place for the Knopp families at Christmas. Richard got married to Marilyn in 1974. Eunice got her grandson, Erik in 1988.
When Eunice and Lawrence retired, they moved into a house they’d had built on waterfront property by Port Orchard. Eunice loved living on the water, and they became Snowbirds in the winter.
After Lawrence passed in 1990, Eunice moved to Woodinville to be closer to her family, which in 1993 now included her “honey girl” Sonja. Eunice passed peacefully on October 29, 2015, nine days short of her 101st birthday.
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