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Hazel Shaw
Ellis County Newspaper
March 2003

Hazel Shaw was born Hazel Doris Lucas on December 14, 1903 in the small community of Hardy, Texas in Montague County near the town of St. Jo. Her parents were William Carlisle (Carlie) Lucas and Cordelia (Dee) Elizabeth Worley Lucas, both of farming heritages within the state of Texas and tennessee.

At approximately age 4 Hazel moved with her parents to Shawnee, Oklahoma. Her father, Carlie, served on the Shawnee Fire Department before getting "the farming fcever" and returned to the lad for his living. An opportunity to acquire land near relatives in the Panhandle of Oklahoma opened up when Hazel was 11, so two covered wagons wer loaded the the Carlie Lucas family and their wordly goods and the adventurous trip to Cimmarron County was made.

The new home was established in the Garlington community between Texhoma and Boise City. Hazel attended the one-room school at Garlington then high school at Boise City. Anticipating a teaching career, she completed high school at Goodwell then attended college at Goodwell and Panhandle A&M for 3 years. She later attended college at Northwestern State College at Alva and New Mexico State University at Silver City, New Mexico.

Hazel met Charles C. Shaw while they were in high school. They were 19 and both teaching school in the panhandle when they were united in marriage in the home of Hazel's parents on September 14, 1923. They both continued teaching and coaching in the Carmago, Felt, Griggs and Plainview, Oklahoma schools for several years until Charles became interested in funeral service. Charles became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and Hazel soon obtained her funeral directors license. They purchased the funeral home in Boise City in 1933.

Their first child, Ruth Nell, was born in 1934 but was lost to dust pneumonia just after her first birthday. The "dust bowl days" were at their worst during that period of time. In 1936, Hazel and Charles' son, Charles WArren,was born. They purchased the funeral home in Vici from Charlie Schramling in 1937. In 1938 their second daughter Jean Beth, was born and their family was complete in the community that remained "hme" to Hazel and Charles throughout their lifetimes.

Jean Beth died in a car-train collision in Enind in 1958 and Charles and Hezel built a new funeral home in her memory. Charels C. and Hazel retired in 1969 and the funeral home has been owned and operated by their son, Charles W. and daughter-in-law, Joy, since that time.

Hazel's husband of 48 years, Charles C., passed away in 1971. She was also proceded in death by brothers Grady, Ellwood and Charles Arthur; sister Bonnie Shuman and several beloved nieces and nepbews. She is survived by her sister, Lucille Herridge; her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Joy Shaw; granddaughters, Allyson Crosby and her husband, George and Jennifer Jones and her husband Ed; grandson Trevor Shaw and his wife Michele; great-grandchildren Remington andc Spencer Crosby - Emily, Audra and Natalie Jones and Julian, Hayley, Conner and Erika Shaw; a number of beloved nieces and nephews, her "buddy" of many years, Violet Turner, and many toher friends.

She was a most loving wife, mother, friend - an avid reader, author of stories and poems - a member of the Easter Star and a great servant of her church and community. The most frequent quote attributed to her by those that knew her well was "She was a real lady."

Services were held Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Vici United Methodist Church with interment at 2:00 p.m. in the Riley Cemetery. Services were conducted by Shaw Funeral Home of Vici.

Submitted by: Judy


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