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January 9, 2014

Hazel T. Crosby

Hazel T. Crosby

HALCOTT CENTER — Hazel T. Crosby, 96, of West Settlement Road, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at the Margaretville Hospital.

A native and lifelong resident of the Catskill Mountains, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Virginia Bryant Thompson, and was born Nov. 1, 1917, in a home her dad built next to the Big Indian Fire House.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Big Indian, and graduated Fleischmanns High School Class of 1937.

Years ago she worked for the telephone company in Fleischmanns, and also the Deak National Bank. Hazel was active in her community. She was a member of the Halcott Methodist Church; the Fleischmanns Senior Citizens; the Halcott Grange, having served as an officer; Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star Margaretville Lodge; and a many, many year member of the Town of Halcott Election Board.

She was a lover of animals, and had beautifully tended gardens at her home. She took classes in Woodstock, and was a talented watercolor artist whose work is featured locally. She often donated landscape pieces to aid fundraisers, and many folks have cherished her hand-painted Christmas cards.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Crosby in 2003; and a sister, Ruth Hill.

Surviving are her niece, Lydia Hill; grand niece, Jenny Rich; and all of her “Halcott Center Family.”

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Hazel will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Halcott Methodist Church with the Rev. Adrian Todd and the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt as celebrants.

Interment will be private in the Crosby Family Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, Phoenicia.

You may share a special memory or light a candle on Hazel’s memorial page at

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