Obituary - Hazel O'Dell Lee Byrd


Last updated 9/7/2022 at 11:29am

Hazel Byrd

August 20, 1938 to September 5, 2022

Hazel O'Dell Lee Byrd of Havre, Montana, formerly of Lillington, North Carolina, age 84, died September 5, 2022, at the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre, Montana.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. September 10, 2022, in the Grace Chapel at Northern Montana Care Center.

Hazel was born August 20, 1938, to Eugene and Lillie (Truelove) Lee in Dunn, North Carolina. She married Jack Byrd on August 20, 1954, and they had three children. They were divorced in 1970.

On December 1, 1978, she married Troy Betts Byrd in Wentworth, Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Hazel worked for Lillington Shirt Factory for 13 years and later became employed by Swift Denim (formerly Erwin Mills); where she worked for 28 years until her retirement in 1998. Her love of flowers found her working for Ann's Flowers as a retirement job. In 2018, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease she moved to Montana to be closer to her daughter and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Troy in 2003; a brother, Jimmie Lee in 1944; a brother, Douglas Lee in 2015; a sister, Joan Stone in 2016; and her sons, James Melvin Byrd in 1973 and Eugene Byrd in 2014.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Wayne Chagnon of Havre, Montana; grandchildren, Jessica (Danny) Boyer of Great Falls, Montana, Ryan Chagnon of Great Falls, Montana, Gray (Ashlee) Chagnon of Havre, Montana, and Leslie Benoit of Gulfport, Mississippi; six great-grandchildren, Ashton Sewell, Haven Sewell, Carter Chagnon, Charleigh Boyer, Gannon Chagnon, and Watson Chagnon; sisters Edie Rich of Dunn, North Carolina, and Janie Gonzales of Raleigh, North Carolina; and brothers Brent (Dawn) Lee of Erwin, North Carolina, and Harold (Kathy) Turlington, Jr. of Dunn, North Carolina.

A funeral service will be held at O'Quinn-Pebbles-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Lillington, North Carolina, at 11:00 a.m. September 16, 2022, with burial immediately following at Westview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Holland & Bonine and O'Quinn-Pebbles-Phillips Funeral Homes are in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a charity of a person's choice.


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