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Hazel M. Naylor

Hazel M. Naylor died at Delta County Memorial Hospital Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003. She had been a resident of Cedaredge since 1992. She was 96.

She was born Hazel Mae Wright on Oct. 23, 1906, to John E. and Lillie M. (Pfeifer) Wright in Holiday, Mo. She grew up on a farm, but boarded in Moberly, Mo., in order to attend Moberly High School, from which she graduated in 1924.

She met Ben Naylor in Branson, Mo., where he was playing clarinet in a jazz band. They married on April 21, 1931, and had nearly 58 years together before he died in Durango.



Mrs. Naylor worked as a bookkeeper for many years, first for Fox West Coast Theaters in Missouri. The Naylors moved in 1933 to Los Angeles, where she worked for the Los Angeles Times. After World War II, the Naylors moved to Glenwood Springs, where Mrs. Naylor worked for the JC Penney Co. and later for the Garfield County treasurer’s office.

“Grandma Hazel” had a quick sense of humor that was with her to the very last. She loved to socialize and make people laugh.



She was preceded in death by her husband Ben; an infant daughter, Sharon; three brothers and one sister. Survivors include her brother Ben Wright of Lewistown, Texas; daughter Judy (and husband Dick) Reinhard and son John Naylor, all of Cedaredge; grandchildren Steve (and his wife Tracy, and their children Shane and Scott) of South Jordan, Utah, Stephanie Reinhard (and her partner Madie and their child Alexandra) of Albuquerque, N.M.; Jennifer Blaumueller (and her husband Pete) and Jordan Naylor (and his wife Jennifer), all of Chicago, Ill. and niece Barbara Barnes (and her husband Bill) of Glenwood Springs.

Mrs. Naylor was a member of Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church, where memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 3. Pastor Steve Reinhard will officiate. Memorial contributions can be made to the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory of Delta.


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