May 4, 1952 ~ January 9, 2020

Born in: Birmingham, AL
Resided in: Denver, CO

Celebrating The Life Of Mrs. Hazel L. Guice-Matthews

Hazel Castleberry was born on May 4, 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama to parents Elizabeth Castleberry and James Frison Sr. Hazel was raised with 5 brothers, William Turner, Raymond, Eddie, Freddie , and David Castleberry. Hazel was her mother’s second born and only girl. Hazel later met her older brother and sister James Frison Jr. and Linda Shellby they bonded instantly.
Growing up, Hazel had a great sense of humor, loved dressing up, singing, reading, dancing, cooking and spending time with her siblings whom she was very protective of. She was extremely close to and especially fond of her mother, also being raised close to her grandmother affectionately known as “Big Ma” Rosa Mae Humphrey and great-grandmother Lizzie Gray. She always said those three amazing intellectual women provided her with unconditional love and many life tools which helped her become the strong independent woman she was. A woman of strong faith and belief she accepted the lord as her savior at a very early age.
While still in elementary school, the family relocated to Long Island, New York where she attended schools in the Nassau County District. As a high school student, Hazel was active in several extra-curricular activities, including cheerleading, Booster Club and running track. She was also exceptionally good with numbers.
Hazel met Moses Guice while still in high school whom she married and through their union, two beautiful children were born Darrel T. and Angela D. Guice. Hazel was the ultimate loving and caring mother always putting family first and deep passion in everything she did. The young family moved to the city living in the Bronx and then Brooklyn. Hazel made sure her kids stayed active with many activities. She would also organize trips and free lunch programs for the neighborhood children in the summers. Hazel was a remarkable woman, full of ambition, never letting anyone or anything get in the way of her goals.
Years later Hazel suffered the devastating loss of her mother, her pride and joy. Being the family oriented woman she was, Hazel took in her three younger brothers. Her marriage was dissolved shortly after. Maintaining her faith, composure and smile during that difficult time, she moved her now larger family back to Long Island, where she purchased her first home, continuing her nurturing ways, while working hard. Continuing to persevere, Hazel went back to school earning an Associate degree in Accounting
In the early 80’s Hazel relocated her children and her youngest brother William to Denver, CO to be with longtime friend, whom she had known and worked with years ago in New York, Nathan Matthews. They were later united in Holy Matrimony. Hazel and Nathan were inseparable, sharing 38 years together. Hazel was a devoted wife and committed mother.
Hazel was blessed as a proud grandmother to her grandson, whom she adored, Malik H. Hamilton. The two of them shared a very special, unbreakable bond. She showered her grandson with unconditional love, knowledge and great advice (Plus jokes).
Hazel always made time to give back, she was very charitable, donating to various organizations, most notably the American Lung and Heart Associations, among others for many years.
Hazel joined The Order of The Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliated, receiving the Complimentary Degree of Queen of The South, having previously received the Five Degrees of The Order Of the Eastern Star in Evergreen Chapter No. 3. Sister Hazel also received the Royal and Exalted award of the Amaranth Degree.
Professionally, Hazel worked in the retail and banking industries, and was employed by US Bank as Cash Vault Manager for 18 years. Hazel was loved by her co-workers and maintained lifelong relationships with many of them. Hazel was forced into early retirement due to health reasons in late 2016.
In her free time, Hazel enjoyed Traveling, cooking (She was a Master Chef), hitting the town with her husband, spending time with family and friends, enjoying holidays, backyard BBQ’s at home and hitting the hills.Those being just a few of her many joys.
She was truly a Phenomenal Woman and the backbone of her family.
Hazel’s strong wit, fun loving personality and gracefulness will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know her.
On January 9th, 2020 Hazel departed this life. She was preceded in death by her brother Freddie Castleberry, mother Elizabeth Turner and father James Frison Sr. Those left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory include her husband Nathan Matthews, her children Darrel (Danielle) and Angela, Stepson Christopher Matthews, Beloved grandson Malik, 5 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives also many friends.

Services

Visitation: January 27, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: January 28, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Interment: January 28, 2020 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 781-0117

Reception: January 28, 2020 2:30 pm

The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA Chapter #3)
1599 Dayton Street
Aurora, CO 80010

(303) 341-9008

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  1. Bro. Matthews,sorry to hear of the passing of your wife my prayers are with you and your family Be strong and God Bless. Clara Black

  2. Nathan, Angela & Malik,
    Our hearts are heavy, we will miss Hazel deeply. We pray for you strength. May God continue to keep and bless you all in your time of grieving.
    Love you guys
    The Frisons

  3. Nathan, Angela & Malik,
    Our are prayers are with you guys at this time. We will miss our beautiful sister. May God bless you guys at this time. We love you guys
    Angela & James

  4. Auntie you will be greatly missed. At I had a chance to spend Thanksgiving with you and family 😊😊. Thanks for all the love and support over the years 🥰. Miss you dearly your nephew Andre.

  5. Nathan, you and the family are in our prayers. When there is a vacant seat in heaven God looks around and takes the best. Every time I
    saw Hazel she was always cheerful and real. Now she is probably enjoying that 4 legged little bundle until she moves up to the next kingdom. Take courage and remember the fun filled time that you two enjoyed. God certainly gave you a great woman’

    Jeffries

  6. Nathan you and your family have our most sincerest condolences on the loss of your beautiful wife, were sending prayers and strength to you.💔

  7. Mom, there aren’t words to express how much you will be missed. We are definitely lost without you, but we will be strong and move forward accordingly. Besides, don’t nobody wanna get Bopped on the head! You had jokes😘 Rest easy MOMMY!!! Let’s celebrate your life 🎉

  8. Words can’t express our loss of you mom,but we will stay stong and move forward accordingly as you would expect of us. Besides, don’t nobody wanna get Bopped upside our heads. You had jokes!😂 Rest peacefully in heaven MOMMY. It’s a celebration 🎉

  9. Nate, me and my family send you deep condolences on your recent loss. We know what you are going through and we welcome you to reach to us for anything you might need. My the Grand Architech keep your Wife safe at his side and may your family heal swiftly.

    From Your Fraternal Brother Scotty, and Family.
    303-588-6019

  10. Ms. Hazel,

    It still boggles my mind that your body is no longer here – I just knew that I’d see you again when I came home. I’m so sorry we never got that chance. Thank you for being such a good friend and neighbor to neighbor boy mom and dad. I’ll miss having you taste my gourmet salads, shrimp pasta and you spending time with my baby when you’d come over. I’m always thinking of you.

    Rest well Ms. Hazel

  11. Hazel: Only the good die young. You will be sadly missed. It has been great knowing you for all these years. Rest in peace

  12. To a beautiful woman I met some years ago she has a gentle heart suffer no more. Its the LORD who goes before you he will be with ;he will not leave you or forsake do not fear or be dismayed according to Gods riches in Glory you will be sorely missed but not forgotten RIP love Toni

  13. Hazel was such a wonderful person to work with. She was my favorite supervisor. She made sure her staff was appreciated. Upon my years working at US Bank, she was always there with an gorgeous smile and always making people laugh. I truly miss her. I will always be grateful for you. May you rest in peace.
    The Zino family

  14. I worked with Hazel for six years, and during that time she was very kind, sharp, funny, and dedicated to her job. She was my manager during both of my pregnancies and always wanted to know how my babies were doing. I am so saddened to hear that she has passed away but so delighted to know that after reading this obituary, she truly lived a wonderful and blessed life. My condolences and prayers go out to her tribe of family and friends; she will be truly missed. May her soul rest peacefully with the Father.

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