Bennington, Vermont – Hazel Squiers Harrington, 87, a resident of Bennington, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2023 following a brief illness.
She was born in Arlington, VT on December 17, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Royce and Margaret (Gilbar) Squiers. She was one of fourteen children. Hazel attended school in Arlington, VT and graduated from Lyndon State Teacher’s College. Upon graduation, she taught in Vergennes, VT for several years. Later in her career, she was a substitute teacher in the Bennington area schools.
On October 15, 1966, Hazel married William H. Harrington Jr. who pre-deceased her in July of 2011. In their nearly 45 years of marriage, they shared their love of the outdoors, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and relaxing along with their children James and Diane. Their yard was always the neighborhood hangout and hosted many kickball and wiffle ball games, tag contests and hide and seek. Hazel was known as “Mom” or “Ma” by a lot of those kids.
Upon retirement from Eveready, Hazel joined Bill in the ranks of retirement and together they traveled. Their little Scamper could be seen all along the Eastern United States, but their favorite spot was Cedar Point, North Carolina. Hazel continued to travel with her children after Bill’s death, and together they had many adventures.
Survivors include, her daughter, Diane Mead of Bennington, her son James Harrington and his wife Wanda of Bennington. Her four grandchildren, Stacey, Amanda, Jennifer (Caleb) and Ian. Hazel is also survived by two brothers, Max and David Squiers (Bonnie) and two sister in laws, Janice Harrington and Dawn Clark (James) along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Hazel was pre-deceased by her parents, siblings: Gilbert Squiers, Lucille Squiers, Richard Squiers, Vernon Squiers, Ruth Squiers Gataletto, Joyce Squiers Gates, Phyllis Squiers Main, James “Don” Squiers, Linda Squiers Rose, Esther Squiers Gates, Kenneth Squiers and Nancy Squiers Gates Spinning.
At Hazel’s request, there will be no formal services. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.
If friends desire contributions in memory of Hazel Squiers Harrington may be made to Bennington Project Independence through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
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