Longtime resident of the ONS, Hazel Stewart Dyson passed away on October 28, 2020. The corner of 13th street and Broadway will not be the same without her warm smile, happy wave and watchful eye. Hazel moved to the ONS in 1966 where she remained until her death. She recalled the interstate, visible from her front porch, still being piles of dirt when they first moved in.
During her celebration of life, it was shared that Hazel would always tell you what you needed to hear even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. She could be counted on for support through good times and bad. She was known to many as “Mama” and while she has 11 biological children, her home was always open to anyone who needed.
Hazel served for 17 years on the Indianapolis Public School Board. She was outspoken as she fought for desegregation and other pressing issues. Her passion was children and their education. She had a powerful voice that was definitely heard. Personal letters of condolences were shared at her funeral service from US Congressman André Carson and State Representative Gregory Porter.
If you drove down 13th street late this summer, you might have seen a sign in the yard for Hazel’s 88th birthday. People from far and wide came to celebrate this matriarch. Among those visitors were her 30 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren. She will be forever missed by many, but her legacy will no doubt live on through the many lives she touched.
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