Former UU First Lady, Virginia Hazard, Passed Away on Sunday

URBANA, Ohio (January 7, 2013) - We were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Virginia Hazard, wife of president emeriti Francis Hazard, on Sunday at the age of 82 years. She and Dr. Hazard had been married for 54 years.

Mrs. Hazard grew up in Canton, Ohio and later earned a nursing degree from Aultman Hospital School of Nursing, where she later became one of their first nursing instructors.

Mrs. Hazard pictured at an Urbana event during her husband's tenure.

Her husband, Francis, holds one of Urbana’s longest presidential terms, from 1992 - 2001. A devoted and loving fighter pilot's wife, she supported his academic roles as Dean and Director of Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus, Dean of OSU Marion, and President of Urbana University. They have three children: daughters Rebecca, Valerie, and Laura and eight grandchildren.

She was a member of the Urbana United Methodist Church, the Dorothy Love Retirement Community Board, the Better Garden Club, and the Champaign County Arts Council. She was an avid OSU Buckeye fan through wins and losses.

Mrs. Hazard was the quintessential First Lady whose gracious manner and love for Urbana will never be equaled. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hazard family in the passing of Mrs. Hazard.

A gathering of family and friends will be held during the visitation from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at the Urbana First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, PO Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078.

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