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Mary Jane Hazen

Mary Jane Hazen

Mary Jane Hazen was born on December 28, 1925, in El Reno, Oklahoma, to Joseph and Fern (Mann) Waldron. She graduated Valedictorian from El Reno High School, and then attended Oklahoma A & M (Oklahoma State University) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After graduating from college, she worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a medical technologist. 

She married Thamon E. Hazen on February 6, 1949, in El Reno, Oklahoma, and they just celebrated their 68th anniversary.

Moving to Ames in 1952 with her husband and two small daughters, Mary Jane was involved in Faculty Women’s Club, United Methodist Women, P.E.O., Chapter HN (50-year member), Hospital Auxiliary, Camp Fire Girls, Kappa Phi, and many other volunteer organizations. She assumed leadership positions in every group of which she was a member. Another interest was helping Iowa State University foreign students. She enjoyed golfing and bowling and traveling with Thamon for many years. She was known as a sweet, caring and loving wife and mother, and she often visited shut-ins, delivered Meals on Wheels, and read to residents of Northcrest Retirement Community. She loved following Iowa State Cyclones, especially in basketball. 

Mary Jane passed away peacefully at 91 years of age on February 19, 2017, at Northcrest Community Health Center in Ames, Iowa. 

She is survived by her husband, Thamon and their daughters, Ella Vee Sage (Jeff) and Mary Elizabeth Frank (Timothy); six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by a brother, Dayton Williams; a sister, Myrle Rischard; her parents; and a great-grandson, Elijah Carlson. 

I would like to donate a gift to the Northcrest Foundation in memory of Mary Jane!

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