Hazel Pauline Calhoun was born on September 2, 1927 in Quasqueton, Iowa to Milton John Price and Eva Mae (Sullivan) Price. Hazel was the youngest of eight children. Hazel’s parents divorced when she was about six years old and she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lived with her mother. After school, Hazel would go to the Sunshine Mission where she would wait for her mother to pick her up after work. At the age of fourteen, she sang her first solo “Songs My Mother Taught Me” at a service at the Sunshine Mission.
Hazel attended High School at McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. While in High School, she sang in the choir, in an operetta, and in a girls sextet. She also played basketball. Hazel studied hard in High School and graduated in May of 1946. She was the only one out of the eight children who graduated from High School. During her teen years, she worked at a laundry, in the kitchen at St. Lukes Hospital, and during her last year of high school, she worked for AT&T “Ma Bell” as a telephone operator.
Don and Hazel met at the skating rink in October of 1946. She saw him in his uniform and it was love at first sight. Donald proposed to Hazel and they were married in January of 1947.
One morning as Hazel was carrying her basket of wet clothes up the basement steps, she found herself singing “The Lord’s Prayer.” As she reached the top of the stairs, she sang the words, “Thy will be done” and she knew that she wanted to do God’s will more than anything. Hazel knelt and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Hazel began attending a new Wesleyan church led by Rev. H.F. Clark. She immediately began praying for Donald to know Jesus. A year later, Donald began going to church and on the second week, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
God provided for Donald and Hazel and in February of 1948, they had their first child, Nancy R., and in 1955 they adopted their second child, Judi K.
Both Don and Hazel began attending a ministry correspondence course for the Wesleyan Church. Donald finished his classes and was ordained by the Iowa Minnesota District conference in 1956. Hazel served with Don as they pastored Wesleyan churches in Little Pine, Minnesota, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Roslyn Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1962 to 1988, Hazel served as secretary for the Iowa Minnesota District of the Wesleyan Church when Don was District Superintendent.
During their years together they made 11 mission trips. Missions and missionaries were near and dear to her heart. She made jewelry to sell with the profits going to missions and ran the sewing room at Wesleyan Village for supplies going to the mission field. She always loved being in the ministry. She worked beside Donald and always tried to be there when he needed her. He was her best friend.
At age 64, Hazel finished her ministry correspondence courses and was commissioned by the Iowa Minnesota District of the Wesleyan Church as a Special Worker. This commissioning was one of the great honors bestowed on Hazel.
Hazel loved to sing and it was through music that she shared the message of hope and love found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Throughout her ministry, she shared the love of Jesus Christ with everyone she encountered. Her smile was infectious and her joy was evident in every area of her life. Hazel was a blessing to all who were privileged to know her.
We would like to thank all of the staff at Brooksville Health Center for the loving care they showed to Mom for the last eighteen months.
Hazel P. Calhoun was called home to be with Jesus on Monday, May 31, 2021 in Brooksville, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents Milton John Price and Eva Mae (Sullivan) siblings Leola M. Price, Orville M. Price, Lillian S. Price, Wilford T. Price, Genevieve L. Price, Buddy L. Price, Robert D. Price, her great grandson, Zane Howell and the love of her life and partner, Donald. She leaves behind her children Nancy Howell (John W.) and Judi Geist (Lawrence R.), her grandsons Rev. John D. Howell (Cristin) and Joel D. Howell (Carrie), and her great grand-children Adelin, Briley, and Carlie Howell.
Friends will be received on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST at the Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL, with the celebration of life service to follow at 11:00 AM. The service will be livestreamed at bwcflorida.com/watch. The Rev. Dr. Jerry Pence, senior pastor of Brooksville Wesleyan Church will officiate. Interment will be at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL on Monday, June 7.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a fund for ministerial students at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2201 Silver Lake Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006 (www.okwu.edu/calhoun/) or to Cedar Springs Wesleyan Camp, 1260 River Road, Floyd, IA 50435.
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