Services to honor and remember the life of Hazel Ruth Kulp will be held Friday, January 24th, 2020, at 1:00 PM at RiverCrest Chapel and Event Center. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 23rd from 6-8:00 PM also at RiverCrest. Hazel passed away Sunday, January 19th, 2020, in Owasso, at the age of 95.
Hazel was born November 15, 1924, in Peoria, Oklahoma, the daughter of Sam and Alma (Collins) Hatley. Total, the Hatley’s would have 11 children and Hazel was right in the middle of the passel. This large family farmed just outside the Stillwell community. It was in that same community where Hazel attended and graduated from school.
Not necessarily looking for love, Hazel happened to be at the right place at the right time. One of her sisters had been set up to meet a young man from Bixby. This meeting was to occur at the family homestead. Her sister was to walk around the house and the young man would be standing there. Well, Hazel beat her to the punch! It must have been love at first sight when she locked eyes with Melferd Kulp.
Melferd would soon join the U.S. Army and the two would pen love letters overseas and over the course the next four-and-a-half years. Upon his return home, this couple would marry, on October 6, 1945, in a Pittsburg, Kansas wedding ceremony. The Kulp’s enjoyed 65 years of marriage before Melferd’s passing in May of 2011.
In her years just outside of high school, Hazel worked in an overall factory in Miami, OK. Once married, she was a devout homemaker taking wonderful care of her husband, children, and the entire family. When she wasn’t in the kitchen cooking or keeping up the house, Hazel could be found quilting, reading, writing, working in her garden, or serving through her church.
Hazel and Melferd were charter members of Riverview Baptist Church and later joined Leonard Baptist Church. Through the years, Hazel faithfully volunteered with Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, and the Women’s Missionary Union.
Described as: firm, yet loving and generous, Hazel was a selfless woman who was always there for others. Constantly taking care of those around her, she was a true light who displayed the love of Jesus to anyone she encountered.
This loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, relative, and friend will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Surviving family members include her children: Sam Kulp and wife Sue, Donald Eugene Kulp and wife, Loretta, Peter Ray Kulp and wife, Sue, Roy Keith Kulp and wife, Jill and Sherrie Kay Guthrie; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Jessie Hatley Riden and Hallie Lackey; her brother, Jim Hatley; and a host of extended family and friends that loved her dearly.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, six sisters, and a brother.
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