PRINCETON — Hazelmae Clark Townsend, 101, of Princeton passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
She was born in Clay City on Nov. 22, 1911, and spent her early years on a farm. She graduated from high school in Harrisburg, Ill., and enrolled in MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., where she graduated in 1934 with a bachelor of arts degree in Home Economics and Food Science. It was there that she met her sweetheart, G. Fred Townsend, a graduate of Illinois College, whom she married on Christmas day, 1936. The couple moved to Princeton in 1937.
Much of Hazelmae’s life was dedicated to her home and three daughters, Connie, Phyllis and Fredericka. She also cared for children outside the home by caring for children of working parents, many of whom still remember her fondly. Hazelmae volunteered extensively as a leader in the Girl Scouts of America and as a circle leader at the First Methodist Church of Princeton. As she aged, she took special care to visit elderly friends and shut-ins until she herself became immobile.
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