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Hazel Mattie Carter Rainey

March 16, 1941 — January 2, 2024

Hazel Mattie Carter Rainey leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and a deep commitment to helping others. Born on March 16, 1941, in Zachary, Louisiana, Hazel dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of those around her. From an early age, Hazel displayed a nurturing spirit and a strong desire to care for others. After completing her education at Chaneyville High School and Southern University and A&M College, she embarked on a career working with people with disabilities. Her compassionate nature and dedication allowed her to provide support and guidance to those in need. Whether it was lending a helping hand or offering words of encouragement, Hazel's presence had a profound impact on the lives she touched.

Alongside her work with people with disabilities, Hazel also made significant contributions to the field of education. She served as both a teacher and a substitute teacher throughout her career, inspiring countless young minds to reach for their dreams and pursue knowledge. Hazel's passion for learning was infectious, and her students remember her as a patient and compassionate mentor.

Hazel's loving nature extended beyond her professional life. Those who were fortunate enough to know her on a personal level knew of her kind spirit and genuine warmth. Blessed and highly favored, Hazel radiated positivity wherever she went. She had an uncanny ability to make everyone feel valued and cherished – a true testament to her relatable personality.

When Hazel wasn't brightening the lives of those around her through her work and nurturing nature, she found solace in several hobbies. She loved to draw and would spend hours creating beautiful pieces that showcased her artistic talent. Puzzles were another passion of hers; she enjoyed the challenge they provided and the sense of accomplishment upon completion. Additionally, board games like Scrabble brought joy into Hazel's life as she engaged in friendly competitions that fostered connection and laughter.

Hazel Mattie Carter Rainey was a beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend. She is survived by her loving husband Huey Pierce Rainey, who stood beside her through thick and thin. Their love was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Hazel's son Radford D. Rainey was not only a source of immense pride but also a reflection of the values she instilled in him – compassion, resilience, and a commitment to making the world a better place.

In addition to her immediate family, Hazel is survived by her siblings ; Emma Whitley, Corrine Millican, Leroy Carter (Ruby), Milton Carter (Brenda), nieces ; Shelia Whitley, Pamela Millican, Rosalind Carter, nephews; Harry Whitley Jr., Delano Millican, Jarrow Carter, Torey Carter, Treviss Carter. Their bond ran deep, providing love, support, and countless cherished memories throughout the years. Hazel's parents, Gertrude W. Carter and William L. Carter, may have passed before her, but their love continued to guide her throughout her life.

As we bid farewell to Hazel Mattie Rainey, let us remember her for the immense impact she made in our lives and in the lives of others. Her presence will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on as we carry forward the lessons she taught us about love, kindness, and the power of a giving heart. In honoring her memory, let us continue to spread joy and make a difference in the world – just as Hazel did every day of her extraordinary life.

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