Anne Alexander Barnett Merrill Hazel passed away peacefully on December 18, 2021 in Broad Run, Virginia, surrounded by her family. She was born October 31, 1939 to William Randle and Frances Boykin Barnett in Jacksonville, Florida.
She was a graduate of Bartram School, now part of Bolles School in Jacksonville, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked in advertising. As a banker’s daughter, it’s no surprise that she married banker Randolph Searing Merrill, Jr. in 1967.
Randy and Anne had several banking assignments in Florida and eventually settled in Boca Raton until Randy’s death. While in Boca Raton, Anne served as Executive Director of the Boca Raton Historical Society, Public Relations Director of the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency, Member of the Mizner Park Concert Hall Advisory Committee, and Director development of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at Plage Delray.
In 1997, Anne married John Tilghman Hazel, Jr. and moved to Broad Run, Virginia. Her family immediately grew and she was welcomed with open arms. During this time, she was president of the Piedmont Garden Club, a member of the boards of directors of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Florida House in Washington, DC and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Schools, as well as a member of the Gunston Hall Advisory Board. She was a member of the Junior League, the Garden Club of America, and the Colonial Dames of America in Florida and Virginia.
Throughout her life, Anne was a woman of strong moral character. She displayed selfless love and loyalty to her many friendships and was well loved in return. His family was his pride and joy! She was an Episcopal her entire life, having found a home at St. Andrew’s Parish in Boca Raton, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, North Carolina, and Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Virginia.
Survivors include her husband, Til, son Randolph Searing Merrill, III (Ashley), and their daughters: Caroline Camp, Anne Alexander and Lane Barnett Merrill, son William Randle Barnett Merrill (Raquel), brother William Barnett (Sally) ), and her sister, Marian Barnett Poitevent (Rip) and her family Hazel, LeighAnn Hazel-Groux (Rick) and their daughters: Rosemary and Margaret, John Tilghman Hazel, III (Michele) and their daughters: Virginia Hazel Potter (Kevin) and Alexandra Hazel Remuzzi (James), James Hazel (Sarah) and their children: James (Katelyn) and Emily, Richard Hazel (Cheryl) and their children Caroline, William (Jenna), Lucy, Mary Rose Hazel Houston (Tyler), John and Cathryn, as well as five wonderful great-grandchildren: Alden Potter, Carter Hazel, Adeline Remuzzi, Isabella Remuzzi and Lillian Hazel.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, Virginia at 2 p.m. on January 15, with a reception immediately following at Huntley Hall. A private family burial will be held at Little Georgetown Cemetery in Broad Run, Va., And a celebration of life at a later date in Jacksonville, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that keepsakes sent to Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, Virginia, or any charity of your choice.
Posted on December 24, 2021
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