Hazel Marie Monahan, 91, of rural Hudson, died Wednesday morning, October 16, 2019, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian. She was born December 22, 1927, in Hudson, the daughter of the late Ernest and Violet (Gerry) Pray. She married Patrick H. Monahan on November 25, 1977, at Sacred Heart Church in Husdon and he preceded her in death on August 20, 2018.
Hazel graduated from Hudson High School in 1945, and went on to graduate from the Riverside Hospital School of Nursing in Toledo in 1948, and Michigan State University in 1965. She practiced nursing for 45 years, retiring in 1986. She was a nursing instructor for 15 years. Hazel was a member of Open Door Bible Church in Hudson, where she was a former Sunday school teacher, Director of Junior Church, former church clerk, and served on the Mission Committee in 2009. After her retirement, she became volunteer curator of the Hudson Museum, was a member and past president of Riverside Hospital Alumni, member and past president of Hudson Woman Club, president of Bean Creek Valley Historical since 1986, and was chosen Queen of the Hudson Festival in 2008.
Hazel was very knowledgeable about Hudson’s history, known as “Hudson’s Historian.” She wrote the column “40 Years Ago” for the Hudson Post Gazette, co-authored the History of Hudson book in 1983, co-authored the History of Riverside Hospital in 1966, and co-authored a Civil War book about a Hudson doctor in 2007. She greatly enjoyed genealogy, working on her family tree and doing research for other families. Hazel was a Girl Scout and Brownie Leader for several years and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.
Hazel is survived by two sisters in-law, Margaret Seibert of Temperance, MI and Agnes Vedra of Rossford, OH; one brother in-law, Paul F. Jr. (Martha) Monahan of Hudson, MI; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Bert McQueen; step-sisters, Irene Borton and Mona Timma; and step-brother, Arthur Rice.
Memorial contributions in honor of Hazel can be made to Hudson Open Door Bible Church or Hudson Museum.