1922 ∼ 2017
Hazelle Knight-Collier passed away on March 3, 2017 at the Falmouth Hospital. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 17, 1922. She was one of three children of the late Harold and Ida Knight, both immigrants from Barbados, West Indies. Hazelle had an older sister, Eileen, and a younger brother, Kenneth. Both siblings are deceased. Hazelle graduated from high school and soon after met and married Chester Collier, a Brooklyn-nite originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Chester and Hazelle had two sons, Robert and Walter. Chester passed away February 3, 2004.
For many years, Hazelle worked in assembling fabric swatches for the clothing industry. Being a mother and working was a priority for her, but having fun in life was also at the top of her list. She was a kind and giving person, with a sun-lit smile that attracted almost anyone she came in contact with. The joy of the LORD radiated in her laughter and sense of humour. Hazelle was a woman of integrity and took pride in her African American heritage.
Hazelle spent the last 9 years of her life on Martha’s Vineyard with her son, Walter V. Collier and his wife, Shirley A. Collier.
Her graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Pacific Avenue, Oak Bluffs at 2:00pm officiated by Pastor Marcia Buckley.