BETTY JEAN FALLS HAZARD, 79, passed away in her home on
August 13, 2010. Betty, a longtime resident of Odessa,
TX, will be greatly missed by her family and many
friends. Burial was in the Merriman Cemetery near
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Hazard,
in 1993 and her son Stephen Hazard in 2009. Those left
to cherish her memory include her two sons, David Hazard
and wife Deniece of Odessa and Larry Hazard and Leslie
Baker of Odessa; daughter, Karen Travis and husband Lin
of Odessa; her brother, Kenneth Falls (RHS-1955) and Roy
Don of Abilene; sister, Cookie Ramsey (RHS-1964) & husband
David (RHS-1961) of Eagle Mountain Lake; and grandchildren,
Evan and Haley Hazard, Kara and Kasey Travis, Stephen
Hazard and Savanah Skipworth, Brooke Owensby and Haley
Simpson. She also leaves eight great-grandchildren.
Betty was born in a farmhouse in the Merriman community in
Eastland County, TX, to Kenneth and Pat Falls. She grew up
in Ranger and graduated from Ranger High School in the top
10 of her class. While at Ranger Junior College, she earned
an associate's degree in business and belonged to the "Deb
Club" and Phi Theta Kappa. She married Bob Hazard (RHS-1948)
in 1952, and in 1964 they moved with their four children to
Odessa. She enjoyed square dancing in the "Jeans and Queens"
club for several years. She and Bob made many good friends.
She also enjoyed the camping trips that they made with their
travel trailer. But most of all, she enjoyed her family and
spoiled her grandchildren, who adored her.
Betty enjoyed the many friends she made while working in
medical offices in Odessa during her life, including Dr.
James Daves, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Stephen Wiehle and Dr. Kirby
Tatum. She retired in 2009 from the West Texas Physician's
Alliance where she worked with a wonderful group of people
who were very good to her.