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Hazel Lynn Anglin Cowdrey
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Obituary for Hazel Lynn Anglin Cowdrey

Hazel Lynn Anglin Cowdrey, 99, passed away on July 17, 2013 in Marshalltown, Iowa while under the care of Iowa River Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown on August 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Dale Scritchfield officiating. The family will be present for visitation at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes on August 4, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Graveside services at Argonia, Kansas Cemetery will be held on August 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Online condolences may be sent to

Hazel was born on July 14, 1914 in Chaney, Texas, in Eastland County. Later the family moved to Tahoka, Texas. Hazel grew to adulthood with her parents, Fannie Teague Anglin and Walter S. Anglin, and her five brothers and sisters. Her parents planted values that carried Hazel through 99 years. Those values were education, reading, literature, work, service, sewing, faith, and family. Hazel graduated from Tahoka High School in 1931 and attended Texas Tech in Lubbock for two years. She would have loved to continue her studies but the Great Depression prevented her parents from funding her college.

Hazel returned to Tahoka for a time before she became one of the first persons licensed as a cosmetologist. She opened her own beauty shop called Vanity Fair in Farwell, Texas. A permanent wave cost 25 cents and she allowed installments payments of a nickel a week. In late 1943 at the local drugstore, she met Homer James Cowdrey, a young handsome man who was working in the area installing CTC (centralized traffic control) for the Santa Fe Railway, a vital part of the war effort. They married on February 5, 1944 in Clovis, New Mexico.

Homer and Hazel’s married life started in a very small mobile home they placed wherever Homer was working on the railroad. They did not have running water or electricity but they did have a lot of fun. Their first child, Lewis, was born while they were living out on the New Mexico plains. Eventually, Homer became a signal maintainer in the Panhandle of Texas and they built a home in Miami, Texas. Three children were born while they lived in Roberts County: Frances, Julie, and Margaret. Tragedy struck the family when Margaret died as an infant. The family sought a new beginning and moved to Slaton, Texas in Lubbock County. Hazel’s last child, Mary, was born there.

In 1965, the family moved to Kiowa, Kansas. Encouraged by her children and husband, Hazel enrolled in Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma. Incredibly, all her credits from Texas Tech transferred. She obtained her BA in education and was certified to teach English and speech. In 1969, the family moved to Argonia, Kansas where there was conveniently both an opening for an English and speech teacher and a signal maintainer with the Santa Fe. Both Hazel and Homer retired from their careers, continued to live in Argonia, and worked part-time with senior citizens to establish a senior housing development and a senior meal program.

Hazel and Homer loved to travel. They traveled through most of the continental United States. They went to Honduras, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, England, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada, and the Holy Land. Whenever travel opportunities occurred, Hazel and Homer packed, left the house, and off they went. They enjoyed going to any theatrical event. They loved each other and the life they had together.

Homer died in September 1990 of sudden heart failure. Hazel, never afraid of a change in circumstances, met life as a solo by traveling to Greece and continuing visits with family throughout the United States. She moved to Wichita, Kansas to be near her daughter, Julie. The last ten years she lived in Marshalltown with her daughter, Mary.

Throughout her life, Hazel enjoyed sewing, knitting, crochet, making dolls, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, learning, reading, poetry, volunteering and being with family and friends. Many people all over the country have a quilt or table runner that was designed and constructed by Hazel. No matter where she lived or what she was doing, Hazel was a member of the United Methodist Church. There was never a time in Hazel’s life when the church and her faith did not play a significant role. Hazel loved to recount that her grandfather was a Methodist preacher and that she was grew up going to Sunday school and church. She held many positions in church including several years as a lay minister, serving several rural churches in Kansas as a certified lay speaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and enjoyed attending Circle meetings. Hazel was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and held offices of Worthy Matron and Adah. No matter where she lived, a highlight of every week was a shampoo, roller set and a manicure.

In Hazel’s last years, she was unable to get out very much however she always had a positive attitude and a happy outlook. She loved life and gave encouragement and a smile to everyone, even as her physical and mental capacities diminished.

Those who preceded her in death include her husband Homer; infant daughter Margaret Alice; her parents; sisters Floy Nelms, Lenore Boyd, and Dama Rouse; brothers Steven and Roy Anglin; sisters-in-law Margaret Olsen, Virginia Cowdrey, and Belle Anglin; brothers-in-law Archie Brunson, A. Fletcher Cowdrey, and Harold Olsen; nephews John Boyd, Alan Boyd, Jim Olsen, and Robert Cowdrey; and, nieces Kay Brunson and Martha Geer. Surviving Hazel are her children Lewis Cowdrey (Karin) of Wichita, Kansas; Frances (David) Long of Conway, South Carolina; Julie (Michael) Lovelace of Wichita, Kansas; and Mary Cowdrey (John B. Swain) of Marshalltown, Iowa. Left to continue Hazel’s legacy of community service and lifelong learning are her grandchildren and their spouses Matthew, Andrew and Jason Lovelace; step-grandchildren Shawn Hogan and John C. Swain; and, 16 great-grandchildren. Hazel leaves sisters-in-law Betty Anglin and Jean Anglin, nieces, nephews, and, friends. Hazel also leaves behind her longtime friend and helper, Michelle Owen, who long served Hazel with grace and dignity.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to remember Hazel by contributing your service or treasure to the Iowa River Hospice; 502 Plaza Heights Road; Marshalltown, Iowa 50158; or, to First United Methodist Church; 202 West Main Street; Marshalltown, Iowa 50158.

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Anderson Funeral Homes - Marshalltown Chapel

405 W. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Memorial Service




10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church

202 W. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Cemetery Details


Argonia Cemetery

Argonia, KS


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