Our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Hazel Ann Evers of Wagner, SD passed away on January 6, 2018, at the age of 94 from natural causes. At the time she was living in a senior living center in Exton, PA. She is survived by her sisters, Ila May Ringstad of Petaluma, CA and Vera Jane Anderson of Rapid City, SD; her daughters Kay Stumpf (son-in-law George Stumpf, deceased) of Aberdeen, SD and Charlene Bayley (son-in-law Thomas Bayley) of Malvern, PA; her granddaughter Gwendolyn Briscoe (grandson-in-law Brooks Briscoe) and great grandchildren Brooklyn and Bronx Briscoe, all of Aberdeen, SD.
Hazel Ann Cochran was born in Lake Andes, SD, the third child of Willis and Grace Cochran, on November 30, 1923. She lived most of her life in Wagner, SD where she met and married her husband, William George Evers, who had predeceased her. After graduating from Wagner High School, Hazel began work at the Lake Andes Courthouse. After marrying, she also worked part-time in her husband's Ford dealership, Evers Motors. About 15 years later, she began working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Hospital in Wagner, where she was employed for 22 years and retired as the Hospital Administrator.
Hazel always had a passion for antiques, particularly china and glassware. She began selling antiques from her basement and then from her daughter Kay's attic. After converting a home to her store, Evers Attic Antiques became a well-known site on Main Street in Wagner. Hazel and her husband Bill were permanent fixtures at antique sales and auctions around the entire state of South Dakota. After 37 years in the antique business, at age 84, Hazel closed up her store.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner. Inurnment is in the ZCBJ Cemetery, rural Wagner. Her family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Association.