Hazel attended Austin High School, graduating in 1939. She worked her entire career at General Telephone Electric (GTE); retiring after 39 years of service. She began as a long distance operator in Brownwood, Texas, and eventually worked her way up to supervisor. GTE transferred her all over Texas and she lived in Brady, Lewisville, Carrollton, Bryan and Garland. Hazel was a supervisor when DFW airport was built and spent many months training telephone operators at the airport. After retirement, she took a job planning, purchasing and preparing the Wednesday night dinners for South Garland Baptist Church. When she returned to the Austin area, Hazel was a member of First Baptist Church Georgetown and later an associate member at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church.
Hazel’s interests included cooking, gardening, crafts and needlework. She taught Sunday School to elementary and pre-school classes for most of her life and was very involved with the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). She was all about family, and her 23 nieces and nephews were her children. She was known for throwing fantastic family Christmas parties that featured her date pinwheels, lemon and pecan tassies and her mini-hamburgers made with homemade yeast rolls (she invented sliders decades before they became popular). She was known as “the Cookie Lady” and baked thousands of cookies for the retirement homes in Georgetown and for the youth group at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church.
Hazel is survived by her brothers, James T. Harris of Bellville, TX and Robert L. Harris and wife Edena Bray Harris of Liberty Hill, TX, six nephews, 15 nieces and numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. Hazel is preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, six brothers and two nieces.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Leander. Memorial contributions can be made to Liberty Hill United Methodist Church in Liberty Hill, TX or First Baptist Church Georgetown, TX.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available at www.wcfish.com.