Hazel Jones (Wrenn) Luton of Midlothian Virginia.
It is with a heavy heart that the family of Hazel Jones Luton announces her passing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the age of 77. Hazel battled cancer for many years, never losing an exceptional passion for life or allowing it to slow her down. Hazel was predeceased by her parents, Sidney Rivers Jones and Lena Whitby Jones; former husband, Bob Black; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Hazel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 25 years, Dr. James (Pete) Luton; and her children, Kendra Novey, Allison Wrenn and Randy Wrenn (Marcia). Hazel’s life was beautifully filled with the love of her eight grandchildren who fondly called her “MiMi,” Ashley Henderson (Kenny), Austin Perkins (Jessica), Anne Levy (Jake), Trae Wrenn, Casey Wrenn (Jennifer), Eric Lynch, Jonathan Wrenn and Brent Novey. Hazel adored her great grandchildren, Reed, Aiden and Adaline Henderson, Hunter and Wyatt Wrenn and Rooker and Kennah Wrenn. Her family also included four Miniature Schnauzers that were truly loved and adored, Sidney, Baxter, Max and Dieter.
Hazel was a treasured staff member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry with a distinguished career that spanned 44 years. While there, Hazel became beloved by not only the staff and doctors, but by hundreds of students with whom she shared a wonderful relationship. Hazel cherished these special friendships and remained a part of many students’ lives well beyond dental school. To this day she is cherished by the dental community throughout the United States and abroad. Hazel is also the only staff (non-faculty) member to have an endowment named in their honor at the school and is one of only three luminaries to have two different endowments named in their honor.
In addition to her love of family, friends, dogs and dentistry, Hazel was a fabulous cook. Her cakes, cookies and muffins were famous and always in demand. MiMi’s Bump Cookies were especially a smash hit with her grandchildren and their friends. Any person who fell ill would also be treated to a special treat or homemade dinner. Hazel’s cooking was wonderful, not only for its delicious taste, but because she cooked out of love and concern for all. That was her secret recipe in the kitchen, as well as in life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Va. 23113.
Interment will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the family plot at the Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Road, Emporia, Va. 23847.