Hazel Dean Whitaker, age 77, of Somerset, KY, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehab.

Hazel was born on September 1, 1940 in Pulaski County to the late Thurman Lee “Pete” and Carrie Velma Whitaker.  She attended Immanuel Baptist Church.  She enjoyed children, family research and genealogy, writing short stories, nature, flowers, birds and reading.

She is survived by one daughter, Lora Lynn (and Daniel Alan) Smith of Somerset; one granddaughter, Sarah Lynn (and Justin) Taylor of Reston, VA; five sisters, Norma (and Joe) Price, Jannette (and Wade) Phelps, Patty (and Denton) Ping, Tammy (and Kenneth) Glover and Jodi (and Doug) Hart all of Somerset; six brothers, Cecil (and Virginia) Whitaker of Westminster, CA, Dale (and Peggy) Whitaker, Greenbrier, TN, Steve Whitaker of Indianapolis, IN, Micah “George” Whitaker of Indianapolis, IN, Donnie “Butch” Whitaker of Somerset and Danny (and Jan) Whitaker of Somerset; one sister-in-law, Lisa Whitaker; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Micky Whitaker.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Her funeral will follow on Friday at 3:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Pace officiating.  Burial will be at Ball Cemetery in Laurel County.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to the Galilean Children’s Home, P.O. Box 880, Liberty, KY 42539.

You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website:  www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Hazel Whitaker.