Hazel Marie Beckett Crowley

BORN: July 18, 1937
DIED: April 11, 2018
LOCATION: South Charleston, West Virginia

Hazel Marie Beckett Crowley

Hazel Marie Beckett Crowley, 80, of South Charleston, passed away on April 11, 2018 at her home.  Hazel lived life with gusto and loved to cook for anyone lucky enough to cross her path!  She will be missed but we know that heaven has gained an angel.

Hazel was born on July 18, 1937 in West Hamlin West Virginia. Her parents, William Emmett and Iva Prichard Beckett, of Salt Rock, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Crowley served in the United States Air Force in the Information Services division.  In addition to her other duties, she had the opportunity to interview many of the stars of the day including Liberace and actress Natalie Wood.  Hazel was the owner of Snuffers Hair Care Center on Chestnut Street for over 40 years.  She loved her job and truly missed her many patrons after she retired. Mrs. Crowley was a member of the South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene for nearly 50 years.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia State College in Business.  She also pursued a degree in religion from Oral Roberts University.  Her studies lead her to found The Root and Branch, an organization that promoted interfaith dialogue on topics pertinent to what was going on in the world at the time.  Over more than 25 years she moderated multiple dialogues with her close friends Rabbi Victor Urecki and Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, as well as many local clerics.

Hazel was preceded in death by one son, Barry Snuffer and her husband James E. Crowley.  She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Edna Mertz of Huntington and Donna Jean Ross of Springfield, OH. Her brothers, Everett S, Seldon R, and Joseph M, all of Texas, were waiting on her in heaven as well.

She is survived by her brother Paul Beckett (Grace) of Goldvein, VA and cousin, Shirley Ann Carr of Lexington, VA.

Also surviving are her daughters, Stella Lewis of Charleston, Melissa Northern of Flower Mound, TX and Joan Higginbotham of Odenton, MD.  Her sons Dr. Robert Snuffer of Weston, James Crowley (Pat) of Rolla, Missouri, John Crowley (Mary) of Colorado Springs, CO, George Crowley (Janet) of Spencer, Robert Crowley and Michael Crowley of South Charleston.

She had many grandchildren, Elyse Northern, John Paul, Patrick and Vincent Snuffer, Destiny Higginbotham, George (LA Greta) Crowley, Jack, Helen, Katlyn, and Kilein Crowley, and several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston.  Viewing will be Sunday from 2-4 with her funeral services at 4:00 pm.  She will be buried at 10:00 am on Monday at Sunset Memorial Park.

Memories of Hazel may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary listing. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

9 replies
  1. Machele Akers says:

    Dearly loved Hazel. Great memories of a truly unique lady. Love and prayers to her family!

  2. Claire Spradling says:

    I have many fond memories of Snuffer’s Hair Salon! My first perm was received from Ms. Snuffer. I was in the sixth grade, and thought I was so very cool. My Mum was also a client of Ms. Snuffer. Sending love amen light to Ronnie and Missy.

  3. Karen Trainer says:

    Your Mom meant a lot to me! I shared many wonderful times with her!! I’ll always remember all the fun we had!! I’m so very sorry for your loss!

  4. Rhonda Mitchell says:

    Dr. Snuffer,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mother’s are very difficult to lose but on the heels of your beloved wife makes it really tough.

    If I can do anything for you, please let me know.

    Love, Rhonda

  5. Janis Friedrich says:

    So sorry for your loss. Hazel was a good friend to me and others, I know she will be greatly missed. May God comfort your hearts as He and Hazel dance around the throne together.
    Blessings and prayers,
    Janis Friedrich

  6. Susan Jeffers says:

    Don and I have so many fond memories of Hazel (and Jim). It was such a gift, discovering the Bible Study group that met at her home, reading the Old Testament using Jewish commentaries. And the Root and Branch TV show. And the Dialogues with Rabbi Urecki and Father Sadie and other clergy… what a wonderful leader of interfaith understanding in the Kanawha Valley. We’ve not seen Hazel in a number of years, but the lovely photo brings back so many warm thoughts — thank you so much —

  7. Carl Hewlett says:

    We will always remember Aunt Hazel and how she played a big part in helping my mother Edna raise me and my sister in her younger years. She was always an example of hard work and discipline, plus went out of her way to help people and serve in her church and community. She was such a help and blessing to me in my own Christian ministry. What sticks out in my mind most of all was how she was so eager to express her new faith in Christ and share with me how that Jesus had given her eternal life through his sacrifice on the cross. Since I had also been born again by trusting in Christ as my Lord and Savior, her same experience was such a motivation to me as a new Christian. On many occasions when we were in the WV area, she had me and the Costa Rican missionaries I work with in her home and treated us with the utmost love and compassion. She proved to be such a help to our ministry, for which I will always be grateful until I see her once again in heaven in the presence of our wonderful Savior. It is such a joy to know that she is no longer suffering, but is rejoicing with the Lord in her heavenly home with a glorified eternal body that will never again experience pain and suffering. What a glorious hope with have in Christ!!!

  8. David ALPERN says:

    Hazel was an amazing lady who will be sorely missed. It was my honor and privilege to know her and spend some time with her several years ago. As a proud American and Israeli, I will always recall fondly how active and supportive she was for Israel, culminating in her pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the early 2000’s. I have no doubt that she is now in a better place, free of the physical body that ultimately betrayed her. May she rest in peace.

  9. Ben & Tefilla Buxbaum says:

    Missing Hazel on the upcoming anniversary of her passing.

    Hazel was a warm lively energetic caring person, interested in others, and always curious and learning. Glad to have known her (she visited us in Israel once too!), and I am sure she has a good place in heaven.

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  • Sunday, April 15
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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  • Sunday, April 15
    4:00 PM
  • Snodgrass Funeral Home
  • 4122 MacCorkle Avenue SW
    South Charleston, WV 25309-1512
  • (304) 768-7324
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