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Our beloved sister-in-Christ was born Hazel Rene Robinson to Mr. Elijah and Mrs. Pinkie Robinson
on March 17, 1930 in Magnolia, AR where she completed school.
As a young lady, she courageously ventured from familiar roots to sunny California. Along the way,
she met and married Leandrew Talley, admitting that she was impressed by his military uniform.
During the 50’s, the family grew adding a baby girl, Cynthia La Tanya and two boys, Lenard and
In 1950, Hazel joined the Evening Star Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA under the pastorage of
Rev. Brooks and subsequently Rev. Brent many years later. The family could be found at church all
day long on any given Sunday. As an active church member, Hazel taught Baptist Training Union,
Sunday School, sang in the choir and served on the Pastor’s Aide Committee.
Hazel can be described as loving, warm, caring, friendly, kind, empathetic, considerate and
compassionate. This woman of God availed herself emotionally, giving affectionate “bear hugs”
despite her small physical stature. She was very appreciative of smiles, compliments and
gifts…announcing emphatically, “Thank you… Thank you…Thank you!”
Her favorite color, green, is the “star” of her wardrobe. If colors had feelings the other six colors of
the spectrum would be “green” with envy having to take a “back-seat” to their shamrock green
Hazel spent a substantial amount of time being a single parent, yet via employment, she adequately
maintained the household. She was a private duty nurse, often relieving other caregivers going on
vacation or needing someone to sit with love ones while they conducted business or ran errands.
Diligently, she kept a roof over their heads, food on the table, clothes on their backs, and shoes on
their feet. She even ensured that a stylish wardrobe was provided for her only daughter, whom she
lovingly called “Tanya!”
The Family moved to San Diego in 1971 and united with the Mt. Erie Baptist Church under the
pastorage of Rev. Darden. She enthusiastically welcomed the new Pastor, Rev. Walter G. Wells, in
1973. The family regularly attended Sunday School and Church functions. Hazel sang in the
Sanctuary Choir, served as an advisor to the GA Girls Auxiliary and actively participated in the
Missionary Department; Senior Women Auxiliary 2. She thoroughly enjoyed missionary outreach to
homeless shelters and all opportunities to touch the lives of those less fortunate. In her role as
Benevolent Coordinator, she ensured that Bereavement and Get-Well cards were personalized and
mailed to the masses in a timely manner. She continued this calling until she as no longer able to do
Hazel exuded a special fondness for the written word. She consistently read passages and studied
The Holy Bible; shared poems during Devotional periods and enjoyed the challenge of completing
crossword puzzles. And as an avid walker, Hazel’s sneakers could have easily had an attached
odometer to measure the miles she covered on foot. She reaped tremendous health benefits from
walking despite dealing with complications of diabetes.
At one time she was a member of the Eastern Star – Ada B. Cleveland Chapter #71. Hazel
genuinely appreciated their goal of helping others. Hazel was also honored by the Philo Sorority for
her dedication to benevolent services…Unsung Shero!
During the 1980’s, Hazel served as a loving child caregiver to numerous precious little ones at the
Mt. Erie Christian Academy in San Diego.
With the help of the Lord, corporate and individual prayer, Hazel successfully battled several
extremely serious surgeries. Most recently, she endured hip surgery. This precious “Soldier of the
Cross,” while experiencing tremendous pain and agony, was continually glorifying and magnifying
God as she lay on her bed of affliction …joy in the midst of sorrow!
Hazel adamantly professed the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. During worship services, her
signature praise move was: stand to her feet, lift and wave hand, and sway rhythmically to the
cadence of Christian music or just responding to sound preaching. Yes, even as a 93 year-old
nonagenarian, Hazel expressed agility in her ability to praise God in the sanctuary!
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, Elijah and Pinkie Robinson; grandchildren, Ocie and
Ozzie Wright, and Kemit Points; siblings, Mary Williams, Velree Coleman, Azerine Darden, Elie
Robinson, Almor Robinson, Allie Ghant, Murine George, Bettie Smith and James Robinson.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia La Tanya Talley; sons, Lenard Talley and Ocie Wright;
grandchildren, Timothy Wright, Solira Ashley, Maurice Wright, Ocie Wright, Jr., Ocie Lee Points and
Oceraya Points; sister, Virginia Williams; Godchildren, Mark McGough, Zondra Starks and Marcia
(Toni) Williams; special friends, Mary Ann Chamberlain, Pearlene Johnson, Gracie McMurray, Bree
Netherly, Lillie Richardson, Alberta Riley, Brenda Stevens, Valerie Ward, Millie Brazwell-Wilkes, The
Cobb-Lucas-Nash-Donerson Family of New Orleans, Louisiana and a countless host of nieces,
nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and precious friends to mourn her passing and continue
to celebrate her life.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
~ Psalm 121:1&2 KJV