Hazel Ketner Gaddis, age 80, passed away on October 14, 2007 at the Kindred Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Lola Weavil Ketner, her sister Lola Ketner Wynn, a brother Douglas T. Ketner and two infant brothers, Horace and Glen Ketner.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Norman C. Gaddis, two sons, Steven E. and Tony W. Gaddis, seven grandchildren, Leslie and Nathan Gaddis and their mother Dale Watson Gaddis, Matthew and Andrew Gaddis and their mother Deborah McClain, Nalin, Drew and Payal and their mother Neela Bhakta Gaddis and two great grandchildren, Maggie and Sacha Gaddis.
Hazel was first and foremost a devoted and loving wife. Her family was always her first priority. She married during WWII and moved with her husband, a member of the Air Force, to various stateside assignments. After WWII she lived in Munich and Wiesbaden Germany and Woodbridge, England for a total of six years. Norman Gaddis was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and Hazel served as the NC coordinator for the National League of Families. Her activities involved contacting the families of North Carolina servicemen who were killed, missing in action or prisoner of war. As a coordinator, she worked directly with the Department of Defense and the State Department. After her husband retired in 1976, she was an active member of the Bermuda Run, North Carolina Garden Club and served as its President.
Both she and her husband were active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, October 19th at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. Friends may visit Thursday evening, October 18th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 1113 W. Main St., Durham, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Duke Hematologic Malignancy Program, c/o Julia Hoyle, DUMC 3961, 2400 Pratt Street, Durham, NC 27710.
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