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Eleanor Denice Braman

April 1, 1956 - November 17, 2011
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Eleanor Denice Hazlewood was born on April 1, 1956, to Chuck and MaryAnn Hazlewood, in Denver Colorado. After Ellie's parents were divorced when she was 10, she and her mother moved to Norwood, Massachusetts, where her mother worked for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. They lived there only six months before returning to Denver. Ellie was deeply devoted to Christian Science, and was an active member of several branch churches, where she spent many years teaching in Sunday school, and performing the duties of Sunday School Superintendent. Ellie also organized activities related to Sunday school, and once took a group...
Eleanor Denice Hazlewood was born on April 1, 1956, to Chuck and MaryAnn Hazlewood, in Denver Colorado. After Ellie's parents were divorced when she was 10, she and her mother moved to Norwood, Massachusetts, where her mother worked for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. They lived there only six months before returning to Denver.

Ellie was deeply devoted to Christian Science, and was an active member of several branch churches, where she spent many years teaching in Sunday school, and performing the duties of Sunday School Superintendent. Ellie also organized activities related to Sunday school, and once took a group of students to Boston to visit the church headquarters.

Ellie married her high-school sweetheart, Michael Regner, at age 17. After five years in a difficult marriage, Ellie finally divorced Michael, vowing to never marry again. That was before Rick reappeared in her life.

Several years later, Ellie received word from Carol Braman that her son Rick had broken up with his girlfriend. She asked when Ellie could come for a visit. To make a long story short, after many attempts on Rick's part to persuade Ellie to marry, she finally agreed. Ellie and Rick were married on May 29, 1982.

What followed was truly a fairytale marriage. Ellie and Rick were best of friends from the beginning, and continued that deep friendship throughout their life together. They adopted two children from South Korea, Nick and Molly, who Ellie homeschooled through Middle School. Ellie was very proud of her children, and loved them deeply. Through the years the Braman family had many wonderful experiences, including ski vacations, long road trips, and many summers of camping and hiking.

Ellie was an avid reader; an enthusiastic outdoorswoman who enjoyed downhill skiing, hiking, and camping; and a volunteer extraordinaire. Ellie volunteered with an agency that helped potential adoptive parents, the Woodinville public library, the Oroville public library, Head Start, Hosts, and a variety of local organizations in Oroville. Ellie was named "Volunteer of the Year" soon after moving to Oroville, by the Chamber of Commerce.

Ellie's zest for life can only be described as complete. She embraced life to the fullest, and loved meeting new people the world over. Many of the trips that Ellie and Rick took in recent years centered on visiting friends near and far. At any gathering, Ellie could always be seen somewhere in the crowd visiting with friends, old and new, her platinum white hair easily revealing her location.

One of the highlights of Ellie's life was the recent completion of her dream home at Wannacut Lake near Oroville Washington. Her dream of living in the mountains, where star filled skies and total peaceful quiet was the norm, was finally a reality. Ellie enjoyed hiking the mountains around her home, and making new discoveries, including all the varied wildlife that live in the area. Ellie was very proud of her home, and loved giving tours to anyone who visited.

Ellie is survived by her father, Chuck Hazlewood, Sister Holly, husband Rick, and children Nick and Molly.

"Ellie was a warm and genuinely caring woman who I knew from school days in Denver. It was a pleasure to see her again at our most recent reunion where she..." Jill Manley (Centennial, CO)

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