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Hazel Alma Naden, 89, died Saturday, December, 27, 2008, at Golden Living Center at
Franklin, Nebraska. Hazel was born May 21, 1919 in Columbus, Nebraska to Frank Nicholas
and Mary (Motacek) Young.
As a child, she lived in Chambers, Schuyler, and Columbus. Hazel graduated from
Lincoln High in 1937 and attended the University of Nebraska in the study of Home Economics.
While at the university she worked at the munitions factory at Mead, Nebraska.
In 1942 Hazel enlisted in the Woman's Army Corps (WAC) and was a censor officer
supervising a staff of 30, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Officer Young participated in the
New Guinea and Southern Philippines Liberation Campaigns, and was stationed in Australia,
the Philippines, and the island of Biac, serving on the staff of General Douglas Mc Arthur and
frequently accompanying him to meetings. Hazel was awarded the American Theater, Asiatic
Pacific Theater, Philippine Liberation Ribbons, and two Overseas Bars. She was discharged
at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, December 27, 1945.
On December 12, 1945 Hazel married Lloyd G. Naden at Evansville, Indiana. She and
Lloyd attended the University of Nebraska on the G. I. Bill of Rights, with Lloyd graduating from
the School of Pharmacy in 1947, when the Nadens moved to Franklin, where Lloyd entered the
pharmacy business with his father, Jesse. This union was blessed with the birth of Michael, of
Franklin, and twins Kim, of Franklin, and Kerry, of Mc Cook, Nebraska.
Hazel was a bookkeeper at the pharmacy, and was active in the local organizations
P.E.O. Chapter BG, and Order of the Eastern Star #213, as well as the Women's Club, and
VFW Auxillary. She and Lloyd recently received their 50-year membership certificate of the
Franklin Congregational United Church of Christ, where she was a long-time member of the
church's Women's Fellowship. In her later years, she enjoyed playing bridge with her friends
at the Senior Center every Tuesday and reading.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Grace Richardson and
Edith Williams. Her memory is cherished by her husband, Lloyd and children: Mike and wife
Bonnie; Kim and wife, Evonne; and Kerry and husband, Don; treasured grandchildren Matthew
Naden and Jessica Rasser; Jaclyn Manning; Andrew and Kathleen Naden; and precious
great-grandchildren Quinton, Caden, and Avery Rasser, and Connor Riley.
Graveside services and inurnment were held Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at
Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin, Nebraska with Rev. Herman Keen officiating, and services
arranged by Hutchins Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to either the Franklin Senior
Center or Franklin Congregational U.C.C..
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