Hazel Ann Shoemake passed away November 1, 2013 in Tulsa, OK.
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Hazel Ann Shoemake, daughter of Homer and Ineva Hunt, was born August 15, 1930, near Hominy, Oklahoma. She attended Mound Valley Hominy schools and graduated from Wynona High School.
She married Shockley T. Shoemake on August 5, 1955. Four children were born to their marriage: Bransford Hunt Shoemake, John Taliaferro Shoemake, Shelley Ann Shoemake (Blizzard) and Sheila Lou Shoemake. Hazel was preceded in death by her brother, Jackie, and by her sisters, Dorothy Weeks and Sue Thomas. Surviving her, Hazel leaves her husband, Shockley; her children; four grandchildren: Heidi Blizzard, Hope Floyd, Jacque and Zachary Shoemake; and three great-grandchildren: Alex, Bill, and Rick Floyd.
Upon graduation from high school, Hazel attended night classes at Tulsa University, worked for Dan P. Holmes Insurance, served as Cashier for Deep Rock Oil Company and, following marriage, as legal secretary for the Shoemake & Cunningham and Shoemake & Briggs law firms. Hazel was an outstanding semi-pro basketball player and an avid softball pitcher and golfer. Hazel promoted local sports and education serving as an unpaid certified basketball official for county schools and as a volunteer worker for Head Start.
She served 17 years as Osage County Clerk and was, perhaps, the first elected official of Osage County to employ, as a staff officer, a person of color. Modernization of her office procedure and equipment, the excellence of her office staff, her superior state ratings, etc., contributed to her becoming elected as a President of the Oklahoma County Clerk Association. The friendships she formed while serving as County Clerk brought her much daily joy and forged life-long friendships.
A nature lover and animal rights activist, Hazel was a principal supporter of the ongoing move to create in Osage County a federal park and sanctuary for other forms of life.
Hazel died in harmony, peace, and love at Clarehouse of Tulsa, surrounded by members of her family and the caring staff of Clarehouse. Clarehouse is an exceptionally caring and extraordinarily beautiful, non-denominational, non-profit and no-charge terminally ill facility that is supported by donations of any and all amounts. By its work, Clarehouse calls to mind the words found in Matthew that tell us how blessed are those who feed the hungry, give the thirsty drink, invite the stranger into their home, provide and care for the sick.
Hazel's memorial service will be held January 10th, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at McCartney's Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Following Shockley's death and cremation, the two are to be buried in a common grave bearing the marker reading "We Are One."
McCartney's Johnson Funeral Home
223 East Sixth
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2014