March senior of the month, Hazel Zier, stays busy with hobbies, family

Senior Center News
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Photo by Margaret Arbogast
Hazel Zier

This week’s column will feature the story of Hazel Zier.

Hazel Faught Zier arrived in Hardin, born to James (Jim) Faught and Myrtle (Scotty) Stimpson Faught in 1941. The tiny baby Hazel was kept in a dresser drawer by her mother. Her family lived in a box car in Lodge Grass, where her father worked for the railroad. Her grandfather would hold and rock her while in a closed-off room with a potbellied stove to warm the wee child.

Her father and his brother had come to Montana from Arkansas. Her great-grandparents were the Fosters of the Foster Hall legacy in the North Valley located some 14 miles out. Foster Hall was a community hall filled with families having celebration and where the Wild Rose Dances were held in June.

Hazel writes the rest of the story about herself:

“I spent my young years on a farm in the Lodge Grass area. Being the oldest daughter, I was joined by two more sisters. My sisters and I have remained best friends over the years. I always loved animals. We were just raised around them and always had barn cats and one dog.

“I moved from Lodge Grass to Billings after graduation and attended Eastern Montana College, which is now MSUB. I moved back to Lodge Grass, working for Stevenson’s Store until I met my love, Jake Zier. Back on a farm, I found myself after our marriage. We lived on that farm for 16 years and welcomed two little boys, Randy and Roger, to the family.

“Our boys were young teens when we moved to Hardin. I worked for many years at First Interstate Bank and retired from there. I keep myself busy with crochet, quilt piecing, and keeping my yard and home nice.

“I also enjoy time spent at Senior Citizens, at my church and several Bible study groups. I have lived in the same home for 39 years. I do spend lots of time on the ranch, where my boys work. It is at the foot of the mountains outside of Sheridan, Wyoming. It is so peaceful and beautiful there.”

Last week, volunteers Elaine, Etta, Cliff, Margaret and Hazel decorated the senior center for the month of March. We are full of shamrocks and the luck of the Irish is sure to make you smile. Linda Boggio has a quilted shamrock wall hanging up in the dining room here.

Next week is the Birthday Dinner on Wednesday, March 20. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, March 19. Call us at 406-665-2581 or stop in at 317 N. Custer Avenue.

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