January 24, 2000
Hazel is survived by her daughter, Nydia Levick; grandchildren Juanita Commeree, Edward Levick, Dal Kilmer, Tom Levick, Ann Sargent, and their families; plus a host of friends and fans. She wanted to live in three centuries, and she did.
Hazel became an American citizen, and spent much of her working life as assistant to Seattle civil rights attorney John Caughlan. Hazel was secretary of the Seattle Audubon Society for 37 years, and editor of the newsletter of the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs since 1978. People recognized her talent and energy with such awards as the Association of Biologists and Ecologists of Nicaragua award for "work for the conservation of nature" in 1985; Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility's Paul Beeson Peace Award in 1995; the National Audubon Society's Medal of Excellence in 1997; and Seattle's Spirit of America Award in 1999.
In 1979, Hazel laid the groundwork for tribes and environmental groups in Washington State to talk with one another, to share concerns, and find common ground relating to issues affecting the environment.
Hazel was joined by 700 of her closest friends in celebration of her 100th birthday in March of 1998. At that occasion, the "Kids for the Environment" Fund was established, honoring Hazel's lifelong advocacy for children and the natural world.
A celebration of Hazel's life will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, at Town Hall, 1119 - 8th Avenue, Seattle, at 3 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Seattle Audubon Society "Kids for the Environment" Fund, 8050 - 35th NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
Hazel touched many people, sharing lessons such as:
During her life, she has been a member or served Girl Scouts and Rainbow Girls, sang in the local Methodist church choir, was past president of the church women's society, was a member of Tideriders, and a member of E.R.S. She taught metalcraft classes for Lake Washington Adult Education in Kirkland and at Broadway High School. She loved to travel, enjoyed boating, and was an avid nature lover.
Mrs. Oates is survived by her husband, Richard B. Oates; her daughter, Sandra Avenell and her son-in-law, Loren Avenell; her grandson Steven Avenell; and numerous cousins and other relatives. A private family service was held at Acacia on January 21. Remembrances may be made to charity of the donor's choice.
Shirley and her husband lived in Greensville, Tennessee; Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and Helena, Montana, before moving to Woodinville in 1987 to be closer to children and grandchildren.
Shirley was always active in her church and served on numerous committees in each church. At Redmond Presbyterian Church, she was a deacon and spent many hours helping those members who were sick and needed her care.
She is survived by her children, Jim Hill of Woodinville, Bob Hill of Bothell, and Catherine McCarthy of Woodinville; grandchildren Jessica, Shane Hill, and Davis Christopher, Bothell; Meaghan and Erin Hill, Redmond; and Laura McCarthy of Woodinville.
Memorial services were held at the Redmond Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the Redmond Presbyterian Church in memory of Shirley.