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Hazel "Jo" Briant

July 17, 1919 ~ March 13, 2022 (age 102)


On March 13, 2022, Hazel Josephine “Jo” Briant passed away at the age of 102 years old. She was born on July 17, 1919, in Ray County, Missouri. 
In May of 1936, at the age of 16, Hazel married the love of her life, James David Briant, and remained married his wife for 59 years until his passing in 1995. Together Hazel and James moved to Oklahoma in 1956 and here she has remained throughout the rest of her days.  
Hazel, loved bright colors, fixed her own hair, balanced her own checkbook, and until this past year she lived in her own home. She was known as the Master Quilter. She quilted…Oh yes, she quilted, but not just ordinary quilts, she quilted Prize Winning Gorgeous Quilts. She weaved rugs on a huge weaving loom in her front room, she knitted and made beautiful crochet pieces. She gardened, she loved to read and still had energy for her young great-grand-children.
As the Master Quilter, and over the years she has won the People’s Choice Award (not once but TWICE), the Best of Show Award, and the Grand Champion award at the Creek County Quilt Show. Additionally, she won the Best of Show and the People’s Choice awards at the Green County Quilt Show in Mayes County. She also won the Best of Show and Best Original Design for her quilts entered in the Grove BPW quilt show. Further she had won two Gold Cups, three Brass Plaques, and numerous other Blue Ribbons for her beautiful quilts. 
During her lifetime, Hazel had seen numerous memorable changes, i.e. school houses with more than one room, men’s and women’s fashions, color television, electric sewing machines, modes of transportation, touchtone phones and mobile phones, remote control everything, ballpoint pens, rotary lawnmowers, the modern stove and refrigerator, electric dishwashers, electric typewriters, computers, adding machines…and the list goes on. 
Hazel’s advice to others was “never give up no matter what life throws at you or what challenges you have to face and always keep putting one foot in front of the other and learn from each of your experiences.”
Hazel was and will always be a true gift to all who knew and loved her. She was graced with intelligence, had a kind and giving heart and a generous soul. She was smart, strong, talented and beautiful – inside and out. She was an absolute amazing person. A true angel on earth. 
All that we are and all that we ever hope to be we owe to her. 
Hazel is preceded in death by her husband James, and twin sons who passed away in infancy in 1938.
Hazel is survived by one daughter Constance Filbeck, and her granddaughter Jennifer McKenna, of Lee’s Summit, MO., and her great grandchildren Jackson Steven McKenna and Kennedy Karen Jo McKenna.     


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March 17, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
1208 S Main
Sapulpa, OK 74066

March 18, 2022

1:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home Chapel
1208 S Main
Sapulpa, OK 74067

Interment following funeral service
March 18, 2022

Woodlawn Cemetery
310 S. Nome
Claremore, OK 74017

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