Hazel Mae Richards Bryant, 92, died Nov. 20, 2020, at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 25, 1928, to Melvin and Eleanor Hamilton Richards.

Hazel graduated from Crosby High School in 1947. She married Melvin Bryant June 25, 1947. They were married for 61 years and had five children.

Hazel loved children. She did a lot of babysitting and became a surrogate grandmother to many children.

Hazel was a member of the Belfast United Methodist Church and a former member of the Searsport United Methodist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher for several years at the Belfast United Methodist Church in her younger years.

Hazel was a member of the Granite Grange. For the last dozen years, she volunteered at Tall Pines nursing home. She loved visiting the residents and chatting and playing bingo with them. She loved bringing cheer to their days.

Hazel spent several years as a volunteer at Searsport Elementary School. She loved reading to the children, having them read to her and just spending time with them. These years brought much joy to her.

Hazel is survived by her sons, Duane Bryant and Douglas Bryant and wife Sherry, and her daughters, Susan Bryant and Patricia Dyke. She has eight grandchildren, Danny Bryant, Karen Shaunessy, Micheal Bryant, Melissa Bartlett, Monica Furrow, Julie Dorset, Jennifer Metcalf and Jay Merrill. Hazel has 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Melvin, and son Dennis th’ Bear Bryant.

The family would like to thank Maine Health Care/Hospice, Private Home Care, especially Shannon and Dr. Heather Ward, for their kindness and care. Donations in her name may be made to Belfast United Methodist Church, Camp Mechuwana or a charity of one’s choice.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Smart Cemetery in Belfast. A memorial service will be announced in the future at Belfast United Methodist Church when restrictions are lifted. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.