Hazel Crosby

Hazel T. Crosby, 96, of West Settlement Road, Halcott Center died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 Margaretville Hospital. 
A native and lifelong resident of the Catskill Mountains, Hazel was the daughter of Andrew and Virginia (Bryant) Thompson. She was born November 1, 1917 in a home her father built next to the Big Indian Firehouse.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Big Indian, and graduated from Fleischmanns High School in the Class of 1937. 
Years ago she worked for the telephone company in Fleischmanns and also for Deak National Bank in Fleischmanns.  Hazel was active in her community.  She was a member of the Halcott Methodist Church, the Fleischmanns Senior Citizens, and the Halcott Grange where she served as an officer. She was a 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  fund-raisers, and many folks have cherished her hand-painted Christmas cards.
Her husband, George Crosby in 2003, and a sister, Ruth Hill, predeceased her. 
Surviving are a niece, Lydia Hill, and a grand-niece, Jenni Rich, and all of her “Halcott Center Family.”
     A service to celebrate the life of Hazel Crosby was held on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Halcott Methodist Church. The Rev. Adrian Todd and the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt were celebrants. 
Interment will be private in the Crosby Family Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Halcott Methodist Church, Halcott Grange, or the Humane Society.
Funeral arrangements were 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 gormleyfuneralhome.com.