April 6, 1926 – August 7, 2013
Obituaries » HAZEL CHASE
CHASE, HAZEL VALLIANT, 87, of West Topsham, died August 7 at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Born in Corinth on April 6, 1926, she was the daughter of John and Pearl (Dunbar) Valliant. She attended Corinth Elementary School and graduated from Bradford Academy. She went on to receive a degree in teaching from Lyndon Normal School. On July 4, 1953, Hazel married Lloyd “Porky” Chase in the Waits River Church. They had always made their home in West Topsham. Porky died on Feb. 14, 2013. Hazel began her teaching career at the Waits River School, teaching grades one through eight. Later, she taught at the Orange Center School, the East Topsham School and Union 36 School, now the Waits River Valley School, until her retirement in 1981. She continued to volunteer as a teacher when needed. In earlier years, she attended the West Topsham Community Church and was a member of the Riverside Grange in West Topsham. Her memberships included the Vermont Retired Teachers’ Association and the Topsham Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, of which she had served as secretary. Hazel enjoyed bird-watching, flower and vegetable gardening, sewing and snowmobiling. Survivors include her two daughters, Cynthia Perry, of West Topsham, and Kimberlee Horton and husband, Paul, of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Mabel Valliant, of South Beloit, Ill., and Annie Laber, of Tunbridge; two brothers, Robert Valliant and wife, Betty, of Bradford, and Euester “Joe” Valliant and wife, Marlise, of Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Pickering and Lillian Chase, both of Barre; two brothers-in-law, Elwin Chase and wife, Annie, and Raymond Chase and wife, Ann, all of Websterville; nieces and nephews. Her husband, parents and son-in-law, Gordie Perry, predeceased her.