Hazel Elaine “Heyde” Babst , 88, passed away at her home in Goodland, Kansas on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018.
Hazel Elaine was born on September 6, 1930 in Hays, Kansas, to Charles H. and Hazel Ellen Nolind Ward. She attended school in Winona and graduated from Winona High School in 1948. On September 26, 1948, she married Richard Ray Babst of Winona and they raised two children together, Jack Richard and Nancy Ellen. Richard died in 1990. She later married Wilbur Tiede of Goodland on November 1, 1999. Wilbur died in 2012.
Hazel Elaine loved her family dearly and spent many years caring for her parents, children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. In 1974, after earning her education degree, she began teaching Kindergarten in Winona where she continued her love of nurturing young children until 1996 when she retired.
She loved the color red, Pendleton woolen items, and turquoise. She also enjoyed reading, hot coffee and conversation with family and friends, and breathtaking western Kansas sunsets. At Easter she always made sure hot cross buns were on the table and she didn’t mind a messy kitchen when decorating Christmas cookies with her grandchildren. The following, found handwritten in her beautiful script, sums up Heyde’s outlook: “Life may not be the party we hoped for. But while we are here we should dance.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, brother Charles H. “Bud” Ward, granddaughter Laramie Elaine Farris, brother-in-law James Taylor and sister-in-law Patsy Kahle.
Hazel Elaine is survived by her son, Jack (Cheryl Detamore) of Winona; daughter, Nancy (Joseph) Partida of Goodland; sister, Charlene Taylor of Winona; grandchildren J.R. (Jamie) Babst of Colby; Jody (Darren) Crouch of Leoti; Matt (Karah) Babst of Chappell, Nebraska; and Daniel Bagnell of Galata, Montana; great grandchildren Emma, Lily and Kaleb Babst of Colby; Jadee Ray Crouch of Leoti; and Colton, Jadyn and Jordyn of Chappell, NE. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Naomi Ward of Colby; brother-in-law, Clarence Kahle of Winona; four nieces, three nephews, and a host of former students and friends who will all miss her presence in their lives.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. MT at Bateman Funeral Home, 211 East 11th Street in Goodland. Interment will follow the service at the Winona Cemetery in Winona, Kansas. After the interment at the Winona Cemetery, there will be a gathering for family and friends at the First United Methodist Church, 501 Bellview in Winona. Visitation will be Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. MT at Bateman Funeral Home, 211 East 11th Street in Goodland. Memorials will be designated by the family later and may be left at the services or mailed to Bateman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 278, Goodland, KS 67735. Online condolences and information www.batemanfuneral.com
Heyde Tiede Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date.