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Obituaries

December 29, 2013

Hazel Madge Campbell Shaw

WILLOW PARK – Longtime Tularosa resident Hazel Madge Campbell Shaw, 95, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Weatherford.

Cremation took place under the direction of White’s Funeral Home.

The oldest of eight children, Hazel was born June 18, 1918, in Vici, Okla., to parents Alta Lafayette and Grace Kygar Campbell. Hazel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly. She was so very proud of her family and cherished them immensely.

After the death of her husband in 2004, Hazel made the difficult decision to sell the family farm and move to Weatherford to be close to her family in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. She and her husband purchased the farm from her late husband’s father after deciding they weren’t cut out for homesteading Alaska in 1938. As she liked to recount, “The place on Bookout Road looked pretty good after living in a tent with four other people and snow up to our rear ends.” Farm life also included raising and training their own thoroughbred and quarter horses. When her husband was busy with their race horses at Ruidoso Downs, Sunland Park or the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, Hazel was right there as well, selling parimutuel tickets at the $50 window. Her strong and honest work ethic was rewarded with a stint lasting more than 35 years.

In addition to working for AmTote International, Hazel was a salesperson for JCPenney in Alamogordo for nearly 20 years. She loved her coworkers at her two jobs outside the family farm and regaled everyone with colorful stories of bookies and shoplifters. She was an incredibly hard-working and dedicated person who always made sure her family’s needs came before her own.

Hazel also loved garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores and was always on the hunt for a bargain. In her spare time, she channeled her creative talents in many directions. As a gifted seamstress, she could make or sew anything from memory or scratch. She clothed her family, made blankets and ice boots for the horses and recovered their sectional sofa – at least three times – the last at age 87. Some may remember her handmade Native American dolls with hand cut fringe and beaded costumes she sold for a number of years at Heart of the Desert gift shop at Eagle Ranch. Her vegetable garden was also a source of pride and a testament to her long life. Every meal included something from the garden or the orchard which she hand picked, canned, fried, stewed or pickled. And no one could match her pecan pies – they were always a family favorite.

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