Hazel Ione Crockett, 94, Grants Pass, Ore.

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 21, 2002

Former Albert Lea resident Hazel lone Crockett, age 94, died Sept. 6, 2002 at the Loving Care Foster Care Home in Grants Pass, Ore. A grave side celebration of her life will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. early in 2003.

She was born Hazel lone Huntington on June 17, 1908, to Leroy Huntington and Myrtle Elizabeth (Ferris) Huntington, in Huron, S.D. She graduated from Huron High School in 1928. Hazel was active in sports (softball) in school, and played the banjo in an all-girl dance band.

She married Walter T. (Dave) Crockett Aug. 22, 1934, in Moorhead, Minn. and worked as a housewife and mother. They resided in Albert Lea, where Walter became assistant Postmaster, played saxophone in various dance bands and served as Commander of the Army reserve unit. In 1969 they sold their home and became full-time trailerites, traveling all through the states west of the Mississippi River.

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In 1974 they began spending winters in Mesa, Ariz. and summers in Hope, Ind. and traveling to Minnesota and Oregon between summer and winter residences. Eighteen months after Walters death in 1994, Hazel moved to Grants Pass, Ore. to be closer to family. In November of 2001, Hazel suffered a stroke and moved from the Rogue Valley Retirement Center, to the Loving Care Foster Care Home.

She was preceded in death by both parents, sisters Bonita Morrill and Dorothy

Huntington and brothers Harry and Charles Huntington. Surviving children are David

Crockett of Virginia, Minn. and Thomas Crockett of Grants Pass, Ore. She also left behind five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.