Hazel M. Bracken Obituary – Hornell Evening Tribune

Hazel M. Bracken, 96, formerly of Park Street in Almond, died peacefully on Wednesday August 17, 2022 at the Highland Nursing Home in Wellsville.

She was born in Almond, NY on November 28, 1925, the daughter of Dorr Cotton and Dorothy Foster Cotton, and has resided in the area her entire life. Hazel had been a secretary for the former Mason Typewriters, as well as Maple City Dodge. She was a member of the Almond Community Church (formerly the Almond Union of Churches), as well as the Almond Historical Society and the Almond 20th Century Library.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Clyde Bracken on April 1, 2009, whom she married on March 16, 1946, her brothers Joseph Cotton, Kenneth Cotton, Bert Cotton and her grandson Andrew Marlatt.

Hazel, who loved to be called “Granny” by her children, she is survived by her daughter Judy (George) Marlatt of Almond, her sons Stephen (Theresa) Bracken of Almond, Michael (Marianne) Bracken of Almond, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Pat Cotton of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Hazel will be remembered and greatly missed for her many years of service to the almond community. She served on the board of the 20th Century Club at the library, helping with the operation and maintenance of the library and attending many out-of-town meetings. She organized and ran the sausage concession stand during Community Almond Days to benefit the Almond Library. Hazel and Clyde also chaired the annual Volunteer Firefighters Appreciation Dinner (the best breaded steak dinner around) for many years and attended the jumble sale and Election Day luncheon. Hazel also helped oversee the operation of the concession stand at Almond Lions Bingo on Sunday nights. She was Strawberry Festival President for the benefit of the Hagadorn Housel Historical Society/House for 17 years, was on the committee organizing mother/daughter dinners at the Churches Almond Union and Funeral Dinners. Hazel has also volunteered at several Red Cross blood banks.

Hazel and her husband Clyde have helped and supported the almond community all their lives. Hazel and Clyde were a great team and were notably shortlisted for the Office for the Aging Co-Senior Citizens of the Year 2000.

The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday (August 25, 2022) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home in Hornell. A memorial service will be held at the end of roll call at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Michelle Ormsby-Serra officiating. Interment will be in Almond Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

To send a keepsake, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook @brownpowersfh, the family is assisted by director Chester A. Gosper IV.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Almond Historical Society or the Almond 20th Century Library.

Posted August 21, 2022

Posted in The Spectator-Evening Tribune

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Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Hornell

August 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Hornell

August 25, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

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