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Hazel Marie Ward

Posted 2022-05-14 by mhenderson
Published by Mohave Daily News Online from May 12 to May 14, 2022 -
Bullhead City, Arizona -

Hazel Marie Ward, age 89, a 68 year resident of Bullhead City, Arizona
passed away on April 27, 2022 in Prescott, Arizona. She was born in
Checotah, Oklahoma on May 6, 1932.

Hazel moved to Arizona as a young woman where she would meet Ralph
"Jack" Ward at a dance hall near Picacho Peak. Jack was a lineman and
they moved with the powerline as it was built. Living in Prescott,
Arizona in 1949-1950, they moved to Bullhead City in 1951 when the line
ended at Davis Dam, they both then worked at the dam until they started
their own businesses investing in real estate, and land developing. She
remained in Bullhead City until 2019 when she moved to Prescott to be
with her son and his family during her final years.

Hazel was a devoted mother of three boys, Dean, Allen, and Robert, and a
loving grandmother to Kelly Anne and Jack Ryan. An adventurer and world
traveler, Hazel joined her husband Jack on a number of African safaris
and became renowned for being the last American woman to take the
African Big 5. Her pursuits were memorialized in several well-known
books on African hunting. Hazel deeply enjoyed travel and she hunted and
explored every continent except for Antarctica.

While at home in Bullhead City, Hazel was an avid golfer and spent many
of her days on the Chaparral Golf Course where she won numerous awards
over the years. It was on that golf course at Hole 9 where she received
the news that the "stork had arrived" and her third adopted son, Robert,
who was 3 days old, had arrived after being flown home by the Oehlers.
Hazel loved motherhood and spent her time artifact hunting, camping,
shooting, and exploring with all of her sons. She is fondly referred to
as "Bugs" by her brother James, who likened her and Jack as being like
Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny. She was the action behind many of Jack's
ideas and kept the books for their many businesses and land developments
over the years.

Her laugh was infectious and frequent throughout her days. She found joy
in everything she did from playing cards at the club, to learning how to
fly, but most of all, in playing with her two grandchildren who she
nicknamed "her little man" and "her princess." Just a few days shy of 90
years old, Hazel's life embodies a life well lived and at the end she
was ready to go home to be in heaven with her husband, Jack, and her
sons, Dean and Allen.

Hazel is survived by her son, Robert and his wife Anne Marie, and their
children, Kelly Anne and Jack Ryan; and brothers, James and Bill Kellog.

Hazel's service will take place at 10:00am on Friday, May 13, 2022 at
Desert Lawn Funeral Home at 9250 S Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley,

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