Hazel Callaway
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Hazel Delores Callaway, 94, passed away October 28, 2009 in Midwest City, OK. Hazel was born October 1, 1915 in Tishomingo, OK. She was the oldest of five children, three of whom preceded her. She married Charles W. Callaway, July 21, 1935 and they shared their lives together until his death in May 1980. She is survived by a sister, Norma Lee Bruner of Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Ester Charlene Goble and husband, Thomas of Temecula, CA; two sons, Robert E. Callaway and wife, Janice of Choctaw, OK and Clifford K. Callaway and wife, Althea of Charlotte, NC; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Hazel graduated from Murray State College, Tishomingo and Bethany Nazarene College, Bethany, OK where she received her B.A. in 1940. She received her Teacher's Life Certificate from the University of Oklahoma also in 1940. She taught school for many years in Bethany, OK and Albuquerque, NM. She retired from Hilldale Elementary School, Putnam City School District in 1980. She belonged to the Association of Classroom Teachers (President 1970-71); Oklahoma Education Association (local and state); National Education Association; Parent Teachers Association (President, Bethany High School); United Parents Association (representative for P.S. 36, Greater New York); Second Grade Share Club, Booster Club, Putnam City; Kappa Kappa Iota (charter member, Albuquerque, NM and Beta Phi, Putnam City). She was also a member of The McDowell Club of Allied Arts in Oklahoma City, which supports art and music activities. During Hazel's life, she was active in the Church of the Nazarene, first in Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, then in Albuquerque, NM, Valley Stream, NY and Springfield, MO. She contributed to the churches by sharing her talents playing piano, organ and singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school and was active in missionary work on the local and district level. When she returned to Bethany, she served her church in Bethany until 1998 as choir member and choir librarian. Her other interests included gardening, needlework and watercolor painting. She was also a Deaconess Hospital volunteer and sponsored the "Volunteer Group" on Saturdays and summers. After retirement she enjoyed traveling in 48 of the 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Bahama Island. She raised a wonderful family and contributed much to the community through her public school teaching and volunteer work. Viewing will be Fri., 9am-9pm with the family receiving visitors from 5pm-7pm at Mercer-Adams. Funeral service will be held Sat., Oct. 31, 2:00pm at Mercer-Adams Chapel, 3925 N. Asbury with interment to follow in Bethany Cemetery. To share a memory or condolence, visit www. mercer-adams.com mercer-adams.com

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Published in Oklahoman on Oct. 30, 2009.
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November 3, 2009
Cliff, Carmen and I send our good thoughts to you and your family upon the death of your mother. She was some more lady in reading the obit. Always hard to say goodby to a parent, no matter their age.
Hopefully, you, Althea, Carmen and I can get together at some point in CLT or NYC to break bread, sip some wine and catch up. Fountain and Carmen
fountain/carmen odom
November 2, 2009
Hazel was a precious, beautiful friend--a member of our Sunday School Class in later years. What a wonderful tribute you posted in the obituary--a reminder of a life well lived. I was sorry to be out of town at the time of the service. Blessings on all,
Margaret G. (McReynolds) Dawson
Margaret Dawson
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