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Laura Bass Hazley Giles took leave for her eternal rest on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Austin, Texas at Park Bend Nursing Center. She was born on December 21, 1922 in Bloomington, Texas to Ezra Bass and Floxie Bass. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Millard Bass, and two husbands – Curtis Hazley and Russell Giles. She was raised by her uncle and aunt Matthew and Norma Sayles and attended elementary school in Edna, Texas. She later moved to San Antonio, Texas and resided with her uncle and aunt Fletcher and Algarita Williams. While there she attended junior high school and graduated from Wheatley High School. Upon completing high school, she enrolled in Hicks Beauty School to become a beautician.
In 1941, she married her first true love Curtis D. Hazley. They soon moved to Bremerton Washington and for 30 years as civil service workers for the United States Navy. In 1979, they returned to Texas after their retirement. Sadly, Curtis died soon after in 1980. No children were born to this union. After being a widow for several years, she met and married Russell Giles in 1986. They remained married until his death in the early 1990s. During the lifetime of their marriage, they established an endowment fund to educate Wesley high school graduates. Upon Russell’s death, she came out of retirement to become a limousine driver and family care attendant for King -Tears Mortuary, Inc. She remained in this role for several years until her second retirement.
Ms. Giles was a dedicated member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 40 plus years. Her ministries included serving as President of the Usher Board, the Wesley United Methodist Women, and chair of Table #7 for the Seven Table Tea. During the lifetime of her marriage to Mr. Giles, an endowment fund was established to educate Wesley high school graduates.
She leaves to cherish her memory Cousins: Sandra Cranford, Kevin and LaNita McCollum, Derek and Maria Webb, Taylor Webb, Derek Webb II. Cousins: Matthew Washington, Shawn and Melissa Dean, Vanessa Washington. Three nephews: Larry Bass, Millard Bass Jr., and Alex Bass and one beloved Godson Eric Wilson, and very close dear friends: Mrs. Essie Riep, Macheral Jones, and Alexanderia Mesfin.
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