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Hazel Ruth Sturdivant

POSTED: January 29, 2014 4:00 a.m.

Hazel Ruth Sturdivant, 88, of Cumming, died Jan. 21, 2014.

Born June 3, 1925 in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Ira E. Mashburn and Bessie Mashburn.

Her beloved husband of 42 years, Walter Henry Sturdivant, founder of the Sturdivant School of Music,; two sisters, Inez Pritchard, Beth Puri; and three brothers, Q.B. Mashburn, Melvin Mashburn and Allen Mashburn, preceded her in death.

Hazel graduated from Canton High School and Toccoa Falls Institute.

She worked with several companies as an executive secretary and sales assistant while raising a family.

When not working or handling family duties, Walter and Hazel enjoyed the outdoors - camping, fishing and relaxing at their cabin on Lake Hartwell Georgia, where the family spent many hours.

They also enjoyed sightseeing and traveled extensively after Walter's retirement.

Hazel was active in her local communities of Atlanta, Norcross, Buford and Cumming.

Her love of dancing turned into a teaching career later in life. As a line dance instructor, Hazel was actively teaching her craft at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center and Pals Program in Roswell. She would take her students to nursing homes and recreation centers to demonstrate Line Dancing.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth Bryan and Karen Sturdivant of Cumming, Sheila Gail and Steve Long of Maryville, Tenn., Peggy Laverne and Dave Johnson of Dawsonville; two granddaughters, Carly Hudolin and April Cornwell; two grandsons, Jonathan Roberts and Cory Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Cody Gideon, Lainey Hudolin, Stephen Cornwell and Daisy Cornwell; two sisters, Dimple Wade of Jacksonville, Fla., Nancy Sapp of Smryna; various other relatives also survive.

In lieu of flowers, donations were requested made in Hazel Sturdivant's name to, a nonprofit baseball fantasy camp for kids.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming with the Pastor Troy Shaw officiating.

Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory of Cumming was in charge of the arrangements.





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