Her standing stayed as high as ever, even as Paul Keating stalked and finally overthrew the victor of four successive elections in December 1991. Bob Hawke's daughter's bid for a $4.2 million slice of the former PM's estate - so she can buy herself a new home, a $30k set of new teeth and $4,000 in towels - hits coronavirus snag This came from her charm, grace and intelligence. Hazel Hawke, ex-wife of former prime minister Bob Hawke, has died aged 83, following a battle with dementia. Once she replied: "Of course there was hurt...But it's gone. She decided what causes she would support and what functions she would attend. Once she replied: “Of course there was hurt...But it’s gone. They gave her love and security, but although she was very bright, they discouraged her going to university. Her metamorphosis was helped by Bob's vigor. She was smoking and drinking, sometimes heavily. "It took remarkable courage to make public appearances after her diagnosis in order to raise awareness of the disease and tackle stigma head on.". She didn't want to leave her marriage, nor did she want to be one of those middle-aged women whose husbands discard them. I didn’t see it as the core of Bob.”, By then, she felt, their marriage was mending: “There were no blinding flashes or passionate declarations, but we were more relaxed and companionable with each other as life’s storms abated.”, Her faith in her husband’s abilities was also reawakened: “There was no doubt he was an extraordinary man, who I loved and would support in whatever ways I could.”. There will be a private funeral for family and close friends. The following year Bob married his biographer Blanche D'Alpuget. Hazel’s life was exhilarating and glamorous, lonely and painful. Greens Leader Christine Milne tweeted: "Vale Hazel Hawke". Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce praised Mrs Hawke as "A good person - God bless". Her family said they appreciate the great affection many have for Hazel, but have asked for privacy. Two years later she went on television to launch the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund. He married Hazel Masterson in 1956 in Perth, they later moved to Canberra and had four children. Her standing stayed as high as ever, even as Paul Keating stalked and finally overthrew the victor of four successive elections in December 1991. Her interests were wide-ranging - including Aboriginal affairs, music, adult literacy, playgroups, drug misuse, domestic violence, child abuse and AIDS awareness. "She was a constant support, particularly through some very difficult times. ", Her faith in her husband's abilities was also reawakened: "There was no doubt he was an extraordinary man, who I loved and would support in whatever ways I could.". First published on Tue 25 Jun 2013 08.15 BST, Prime ministers past and present gathered at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday to celebrate the life of a great Australian, Available for everyone, funded by readers.