Hazel H. Martin, of Mason, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at the age of 88.
Mrs. Martin is survived by a son Seth Martin and wife Kathryn and a daughter Beth Martin, two grandchildren Todd Martin and wife Sheri, Glen Martin and wife Rae Ann and six great-grandchildren: Chama, Sierra, Nicholas, Lucas, Aspen and Dakota Martin all of Mason along with a double first cousin Richard "Dick" Hoerster and wife Maxine of Fredericksburg and a sister-in-law Mildred "Mimi" Walker of Mason. She also leaves behind very dear and long-time friends Gloria Lehmberg and Joyce Keyser. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Seth P. Martin Jr., a sister Betty Lock and a brother Dr. Sam Hoerster.
Hazel was born in Mason County on October 11, 1921, to Samuel August Hoerster and Emilie Elizabeth (Lizzie) Jordan Hoerster. She was a graduate of Mason High School and also attended Texas Women’s College. Hazel married Seth P. Martin Jr. on November 20, 1942, in Art and moved with him to the Martin Ranch where they lived for over 53 years until his death in 1996. Hazel continued to live there on the ranch until she moved to Mason in 2007. Hazel was a homemaker and was involved in the family ranching operation.
Hazel learned her ranching skills at an early age under her father’s tutelage. She exhibited the Grand Champion Steer at the Houston Stock Show in 1933 at the age of 11, an honor which she cherished throughout her life. She loved the outdoors, both plants and animals, and studied them to learn how to be a good steward. She especially loved hummingbirds.
Hazel was dedicated to her family and friends and developed and maintained those relationships throughout her life. She was a gifted communicator, writing letters and making phone calls to keep in touch. She always made sure that birthdays, anniversaries and other important occasions were remembered with a card, gift and phone call. On many occasions she went to care for family for several weeks when there was illness and someone was needed to keep things going.
Hazel was a multi-talented woman and generously shared her gifts with friends, family and strangers in need. She was an excellent cook and shared her delicious dishes with family and friends. Whenever the occasion called for a meal Hazel was sure to bless. She and Seth enjoyed horticulture and gardening. Roses were their specialty for several years. Seth grew them and Hazel arranged them and shared bouquets for parties, weddings, showers or any other occasion which called for flowers. Hazel combined science and art in whatever she did and was never satisfied with anything less than excellence.
Hazel taught a 4-H cooking class for several years. A highlight of her class was learning to make milkshakes which the children enjoyed before they got down to the serious business of nutrition and cooking. One of the more memorable foods they learned to make was tamales. She knew how to relate to people of all ages and made sure they knew they were special. Hazel was a mentor in the elementary school and followed her young friends through their school years continuing to keep in touch long after they were out of elementary school.
Hazel was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Mason where she taught Sunday School, was active in United Methodist Women, served as Prayer Chain coordinator and was a member of the Board.
Hazel was buried at the Martin Family Cemetery alongside her husband Seth.
Hazel had many good friends with whom she ate lunch at the Mason Senior Center. She drove herself to the Center until she could no longer drive and then she rode the HOP Bus until she could no longer do that. Memorials in her honor may be made to the Mason Senior Center, P. O. Box 992, Mason, Texas 76856 or to the charity of one’s choice.