On a snowy day, November 10, 1923, Betty Ruth Pope Hasel was born on a Michigan farm. Her entry into her Heavenly home came on December 16, 2020 at the age of 97, after living 71 years in Newport News. She arrived here as a young bride after marriage to Lowell E. Hasel whom she shared elementary and high school years with, in Webster Township near Bowling Green, Ohio. Those 12 years were filled with happy memories, where she and Lowell studied piano and were in the band and mixed chorus together. He accompanied her when she and 5 other girls in a sextet entered and won first place in state competition. Music gave them many enjoyable opportunities throughout their life together.
Betty attended Riverside Hospital in Toledo, Ohio where she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. While raising her two children, she volunteered with the Red Cross, gave polio vaccines at community clinics, served as an advisor to local candystripers and volunteered at the speech and hearing clinic. As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Newport News, she sang in the choir and served in social ministry and evangelism. Betty also became president of the Lutheran Women in the Tidewater area and moved on to an office in the state organization. As a member of Church Women United, she was named Valiant Woman nationally. She received an Outstanding Youth Advocacy Award, recognizing her service and her commitment to the youth of Newport News.
Betty was at her best cooking and baking for family and friends. She told stories of helping her mother on the farm, where she prepared meals for community farmers gathering together to get the crops off the fields. Her responsibility was to churn the butter and bake the pies and never did she use margarine in her Newport News kitchen! Lowell and Betty had an extra refrigerator in the garage to keep Hybrid Tea Roses that he grew for the many requests she had for flower arrangements. Her pleasures in life were plentiful!
Betty was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Lowell E. Hasel.
She is survived by her son, Karl Hasel (Jan) of Manchester, Connecticut; daughter Kay Asher (Breck) of Newport News, Virginia; four grandchildren, Eric Hasel (Michelle) of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Julie Guerreiro of Providence, Rhode Island, Parker Asher (Kimberly) of Charleston, South Carolina, and Taylor Asher (Lisa) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and three great-grandchildren, Cole and Ava Marie Hasel and Adeline Rose Guerreiro.
The family wishes to thank the staff at The Newport for their wonderful care of Betty for four years.
Donations in her honor can be made to EDMARC, 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 or to Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 6807 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Services in care of Altmeyer Funeral Home – Riverside Chapel.