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Mrs. Hazel Bernice Cleve

FARMINGTON – Hazel Bernice (Worley) Cleve, 93, of rural St. Francois County, near Llbertyvillle, died on January 8, 2007, at Presbyterian Manor In Farmington. She was born April 2, 1913, In Sprott. Missouri, and was the daughter of the late Albert L and Maggie. M. (Reynolds) Worley. She was a lifelong resident of the county, and grew up on her parents’ farm on what is now Worley Road in southeastern St. Francois County. She graduated from Clearview School on Buslek Road.

She was married to John F. Cleve on December 6, 1936. Prior to her marriage, she was employed at Rice Stix Shirt Factory in Farmington. In 1939, she and her husband purchased a farm on what Is now Wesley Chapel Road near Libertyville. It was there that she raised her three children, instilling in them lifelong values of hard work, thriftiness, honesty and generosity. In spite of the adversities of small family farms, she was optimistic, and her determination to succeed earned her much respect within her community. In 1962 she was employed as a Psychiatric Aid at the Farmington State Hospital, and continued her employment there until her retirement in 1977. Her husband, John, died on December 18. 1982, and she continued to live on the farm until she became a resident of the Manor in May 2004.

She was preceded In death by her husband, John; a sister, Thelma (Mrs. Lester) Price, a sister, Helen (Mrs. Noah) Shirrell. infant brother Henry and Infant sister, Gladys.

She Is survived by three children: Marjorie (Fred) Smith, of Fenton; Dorothy (Wayne) Johnson, of Nacogdoches, Texas and Albert (Karen) Cleve, of Farmington. Also survived by brother, Theron (Erma) Worley, of Farmington: sister, Dorothy (Mack) Brann, of St. Peters, Mo., and sister, Norma (William) Johnson, of Chesterfield, Mo. Also survived by grandchildren: Frederick Smith, of Arnold. Mo; Charles (Kelly) Smith and children, Chad and LIndsey, of Cedar Hill, Mo.; Andrew Smith, of Fenton; Jennifer Cleve (Donnie) Blum, and their daughters Campbell and Kendalll Blum, of Farmington, and Katie Cleve (Matt) Winick, of Gordonville. Mo. Also survived by nieces and nephews: children of brother, Theron: Faye, Richard, Glenda Boersig, Eddie and Steve; children of sister, Norma: Paul and Wayne; children of sister Helen: Frances Laney, Helen Mattina and James; and children of sister, Dorothy: Diane Newcomb, and Donald.

After the death of her husband, she was a volunteer at the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Thrift Store for many years. She was a member of the Clearview Neighbors Women’s Club and was Treasurer for many years. Until her move to Presbyterian Manor, she served as an election official for her precinct. She was also an active member of Libertyville United Methodist Church WSCS.

After her retirement from the State Hospital, she became a weekly participant in the Farmington United Methodist Church Quilter’s Group. Quilting was her passion and hobby, and a quilt made from her son Albert’s neckties, entitled: &#8220Ties that Bind” and Iater presented to him during the Draft Horse Show at the Missouri State Fair In Sedalia in August 2003, was one of her many quilting achievements.

Taylor Funeral Service, Inc., in Farmington will be in charge of arrangements and will provide visitation today, 4-8 p.m. and Thursday 7-9 a.m. Visitation resumes at 10 a.m. at The Libertyville United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be Thursday, 11:00 a.m., January 11, 2007, at Libertyville United Methodist Church with Rev. Phil Senter officiating. Interment follows at the Lutheran Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to: The Lutheran Cemetery and/or The Libertyville United Methodist Church. A special Thank You is extended to Presbyterian Manor for taking care of our precious loved one. Photo Obituary; Online Guestbook and Video Tribute online at:

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