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Mary Lou Hazal


 Many have asked for more information about Mary Lou and our memorial. President Angela and vice-president Janet provide the following:

The PWT board has voted to make a contribution to our scholarship fund in memory of our long-time member and past state president Mary Lou Hazal.  Treasurer Kay Casey has suggested $50 from PWT funds as a base. Members who wish to make additional contributions should send them to Kay Casey, P.O. Box 173, Denison, TX 75020, and designate them for this memorial.  Acknowledgements will be sent to the family, in care of  Mary Lou’s niece, Theresa and her husband Bobby.  (Theresa and  Bobby Dowell, 101 Tabor Ave., Camden, AR 71701-7337)


We are grateful for Mary Lou's dedicated service to PWT and feel this is an appropriate way to honor her memory.  


Because so many of us were not aware of Mary Lou’s recent medical problems, we asked Janet McDaniel to share any information about her final illness and death.


On Feb 20, 2015, at 6:51 AM, H. Janet McDaniel wrote:


Mary Lou was moved to her niece's home in Arkansas recently (few weeks) after being in the hospital and rehab in Greenville before and after Christmas.  Her Cohn’s disease was worse to the point of being immobile, and she had a stroke and heart attack.  She could not verbally communicate beyond mumbling.  Her niece moved her to Arkansas so she could spend her last days around family members -- niece and grand nieces. 

Kathie Magers and I both attended the funeral. 






Mary Lou Hazal
(September 10, 1952 - February 15, 2015)

Mary Lou Hazal age 62 of Camden, Ar. was born to Paul Eugene Hazal and Eupha Smith Hazal September 10, 1952 in Greenville, Texas and passed away February 15, 2015 in El Dorado, Ar.

Mary Lou grew up in Celeste, Texas graduating as Salutatorian in 1971. She graduated East Texas State University (A&M-Commerce) with double major in Journalism and Political Science 1975. Mary Lou was named to Who’s Who in Colleges as nominated by the faculty. Her senior year she served as managing editor of The East Texan; was a winner of the Greenville Herald Banner Scholarship in journalism, member of Women in Communications; Pi Sigma, political science honor society; Alpha Chi, senior honor society; and Alpha Lambda Delta, freshman women’s honor society.

Mary Lou started work for Greenville Herald Banner as staff writer after graduating and obtained her Masters in Public Administration at Wichita Falls in 1980. Mary Lou worked over 20 years for Texas A&M Commerce in their communications department and received Meritorious award in 2007 and the Professional Achievement Award in 1996.

Mary Lou was active in Press Women of Texas and the National Federation of Press Women. She has received numerous awards including “Best of Texas” 2004.

The Hazal family enjoyed gospel music singing in quartets and making trips to Tennessee to see the professionals, the Oak Ridge Boys being Mary Lou’s favorite. She also enjoyed country, rock and roll and more.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Larry Hazal. She is survived by two nieces Theresa Dowell and husband Bobby, Camden, Ar.; Ginger Rodgers of Tennessee; seven great nieces and nephews and many great great nieces and nephews and many friends. 

Scholarship fund will memorialize Mary Lou Hazal 
Members and others may contribute to the PWT scholarship fund in memory of long time member and past president Mary Lou Hazal who was buried February 19, 2015.  The board voted to contribute $50 and invited others to donate to the scholarship fund to honor Mary Lou's service to the organization and the profession. Send checks to treasurer Kay Casey, P O Box 173, Denison, TX 75020. See Member News for more information.