Keith & Keith Funeral Home
Hazel Faye Gilman (née Leighty), longtime resident of Wapato, WA passed from this life peacefully at Cottage in the Meadow hospice care on July 4, 2018 in Yakima, WA at the age of 81.
Hazel is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wallace Gilman, Yakima, WA; daughter, Kristine Gilman, Kennewick, WA; sons, Jeffery (Kathleen) Gilman, Santa Rosa, CA, and Scott Gilman, Spokane, WA; grandchildren Joshua Gilman, Spokane, WA, Hannah (Jared) Harney, Anderson, CA, Rebekah Gilman, Santa Fe, NM, Josiah (Sara) Gilman, Atascadero, CA, and four great grandchildren. She is survived also by siblings, Lois (Jack) Schmidt, Hayden, ID, Lela Stephenson, East Lansing, MI, Jean Kelly, Bothell, WA, Kenneth Robert (Marian) Leighty Conroe, TX, and Betty (Steve) Walker, Post Falls, ID, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by sister Bonnie Taie.
Hazel was born on July 1, 1937 in Syracuse, KA to Kenneth and Stella Leighty. She graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Education. She married Wallace Gilman, her college sweetheart, in 1957. Hazel taught grade school and middle school students for more that 30 years in Idaho and Washington State (including 23 years at Wapato Jr. High/Middle School), impacting the lives of hundreds of students in her career. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother and cherished by all her family and friends.
Hazel excelled in many areas including gardening, canning and preserving, cooking and crafts. She was a dedicated member and leader in the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority for more than 40 years. Hazel was a lifelong learner, traveling extensively with Wally, and taking college classes even into retirement. For her the joy was as much in the journey as in the destination. And what a journey it was. She battled and overcame life threatening illnesses such as polio, colon cancer and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and lived a life dedicated to others.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Hazel’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellness House of Yakima, Ronald McDonald House or Cottage in the Meadow. The family would like to thank the kind staff at Virginia Mason Hospital and Cottage in the Meadow.
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