ROCKLAND, ME — Hazel Vera (Bragg) Malcolm, 92, died Monday, May 7, 2018, peacefully with the care of the excellent, compassionate staff at Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport.
Hazel was born in Dedham Jan. 24, 1926, to Ansel Jason Bragg and Abbie J. Allie. Her father, Ansel, died before she was born and her stepfather, Harvey B. Gray, was a true father to her. Hazel was born into a large family of 13 brothers and sisters. Her closest siblings were Charlie Bragg, Lillian Bragg Houston and her younger brother, Raymond Gray.
Hazel was educated in Dedham and Brewer.
Hazel met her first husband, Arthur Levi Collins, in the 1940s. They enjoyed a wonderful, adventurous life together, traveling across the United States, selling books and encyclopedias for Colliers. Hazel and Arthur settled in Reading, Mass., on the Collins homestead and raised their son, Charles William Collins II, whom they proudly adopted in Rockland in 1956 from Knox General Hospital.
Hazel was a member of the Women’s Bowling League, and a Cub Scout leader in Reading, Mass. She was very proud of her membership in the Priscilla Chapter No. 52 Order of the Eastern Star in Reading, in which she held the position of Worthy Matron.
She married her second husband, David Malcolm, who was also a member of the Reading Masons and a funeral director in Reading.
She retired from Compugraphic in Wilmington, Mass., and moved to Rockland, where she continued to work part-time for The Courier-Gazette and as a personal care assistant well into her 70s.
She was predeceased by her husband, David Malcolm, of Reading, Mass., her father, mother and stepfather, as well as all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Collins II, and wife Dianne Weeks of Rockport,; step-grandchildren Eric Prosser and wife Cynthia of Freedom, Ellen Prosser Trudel and husband Brian of Wyndham, N.H.; step-great-grandson Colby Prosser of Oakland; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear and loyal friends, Gloria Young and Julie Kinney of Rockland, Lori Cousens of South Thomaston, Rita and Ron Webster of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mona Plourde of Louden, N.H.
We also would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at The Homestead in Owls Head for providing a happy and loving home, as well as Maine HealthCare At Home personal care attendant Cindy Joy and Lisa Duda, RN, from Rockland District Nursing.
Family and friends are invited to a gathering of love and remembrance from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.,Saturday, June 9, at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Hazel’s name may be made to Rockland District Nursing, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841 or MCH Meals-on-Wheels, 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or condolence with Hazel’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.
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