Hazel Braden McCracken

Hazel Braden McCracken, 87, of Ligonier, died Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Bethlen Home assisted by the prayers and love of her family.

She was born September 19, 1929 in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Hallack G. and Luella Carns Braden.

She was a graduate of the Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing having graduated in 1950. She spent her entire career, spanning over 45 years, as a registered nurse. She had been employed by Latrobe Area Hospital and Westmoreland Hospital.

She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church and attended the Fort Palmer Presbyterian Church where her son is the pastor.

She was the consummate nurse, wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Vivian Dominick, and a nephew, David Braden.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, James E. McCracken, three children, Judith Ann (Elmer) Pierce of Brockway, PA, Joyce Arlene (Edward) English of Aiken, S.C., and J. Paul (Cynthia) McCracken of Ligonier, ten grandchildren, Tara, Lisa, James, Ashley. Erin, Sean, Christopher, Lauren, Taylor and Zachary, eight great grandchildren, Ariel, Kasie, Austin, Grayson, Holdon, Miles, Eloise, and Tyler, two sisters, Joyce Lenhart of Latrobe and Donna Ray of Derry, and a brother, Wayne H. (Betty Ann) Braden of Latrobe.

Hazel’s friends and family will gather together, Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel, Inc., 144 East Main Street, Ligonier.

A service to celebrate Hazel’s life will be geld Friday at 11:00AM at the Fort Palmer Presbyterian Church with her pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating and dear family friend, Rev. George Umphlett.

Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery.

Words can not express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation, from housekeeping to the nurses and aides at Bethlen Home, 200 Wing, for their wonderful care and love lavished upon our mother while she was a guest.

Thank you to Drs. Brallier and DeCosmo for helping us make those difficult decisions no one wants to make. And to Bethlen Hospice who made our mother so comfortable during the past several weeks that she was able to pass from this life with dignity.

Online condolences may be made at www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.com.

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