Alma Teresa Blanco Hazzard

Alma Teresa Blanco Hazzard

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Alma Hazzard Adventurous, strong, funny, smart, loving, giving and caring, are just a few words that describes a wonderful woman who spent her life serving others. Sadly, Alma unexpectedly suffered a heart attack and multiple strokes, passing away December 22, 2017. Alma was born October 15, 1931 in New York, came to Los Angeles at age three and attended Los Angeles High where she met Don. Both graduated from UCLA in June 1953 and were married soon after. Alma is survived by her husband of 64 years, daughter Kathy (Brian) Stranger, and son Steve (Teri) Hazzard; five grandchildren, Patti (Bill) Davenport, Amy (Lance) Gibson; Matthew (fiancé Shawna), Erica, and Andrew Hazzard and two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Caleb. Alma loved to attend family activities of sporting and performance events. She was very involved in her Church serving many terms in diverse capacities. She was a Boy and Girl Scout leader and one of South Bay’s first AYSO girls’ soccer referee. She became a Career Guidance Counselor and started a guidance program at West High School. She later moved to Redondo High School establishing a major program including annual college fairs at which students obtained information directly from hundreds of college and university representatives across the country. Alma did the career counseling from pure love and dedication to the students. After 20 years of counseling Alma retired but continued to serve as a volunteer Ombudsman, an advocate for residents of long-term or transitional care facilities. She was compassionate and loved talking with and getting to know the patients. The staff grew to love and respect Alma for her involvement with the patients. Alma was a big fan of UCLA. A true Bruin! She loved to travel throughout the United States and Internationally. Her last, and maybe most heartfelt trip, was to Cuba where her Mother was born. Alma was adventurous, loved a new challenge and was fearless. Her adventures include zip lining, snorkeling, climbing Mayan ruins, walking the Great Wall of China, and African Safari where she was kissed by a giraffe (honest). Alma was a positive light wherever she was and to whomever she met. She was strong in her faith, always willing to help wherever needed. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. She would want us all to smile more, worry less, and to take every opportunity to bring loved ones together. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13th at 10:00 am at Calvary Presbyterian in Hawthorne, CA. A reception will follow in Cowan Hall. Alma will be laid to rest at a later date at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Calvary’s Deacon Board or to Cheers for Children at PO Box 7000 PMB 280, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of your sudden loss of Alma. My family has wonderful memories of her and your family. We recently lost my dad and are having our service the same day as Alma’s so I am sorry we can not attend. Love and prayers to you for strength during this time. Love, Melissa Hoyt (Fernald) Leah Fernald

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