Hazel M. Vaught 1917-2017


Hazel M. Vaught, 100, of Cottage Grove passed away on October 21, 2017 of natural causes.

She was born Hazel Margaret Fields on May 31, 1917 to Mary Ellen (O’Halloran) and James Albert Fields in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was the last of seven children, four surviving to adulthood. She was extremely close to her three siblings as her father passed away when she was only two and a half. Her mother Mary Ellen worked long hours to support the family, while her beloved grandmother Mary Scholl took care of the children.

Hazel attended Mount Saint Mary’s catholic school in Oklahoma City.

At the age of 19 Hazel was working for Armour Star Meat Packing Company where she met the love of her life Wayne Lamar Vaught. After three months of going together they were married on August 17, 1936. Three years later they welcomed their first son Phillip.

In 1940 the family moved to Santa Monica, California, and after a few more years they welcomed their second son Thomas. They raised their sons and lived a very happy life in Southern California.

She was an active member of Venice United Methodist Church for over 20 years, and was involved in the women’s circle group and bible study.

In 1963 they bought a piece of property in Cottage Grove, Oregon where lifetime friends Jim and Opal Nelson had settled. Every summer they went camping with family and friends on the 30 acre tree farm with just a truck camper and a pony barn. The summer vacations evolved over the next 25 years to six month stays in a mobile home on the property and finally in 1992 the purchase of a house in town and a permanent move to Cottage Grove.

The Vaught’s attended Cottage Grove Bible Church. Hazel also attended LCC extension classes over the years and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Hazel and Lamar were happily married for 62 years until his death in 1998. Hazel never left his side. She volunteered at Coast Fork Nursing Center for the years he resided there. She stayed 10-12 hours a day so she could be with him as much as possible. Hazel was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She had a very green thumb and could snip a sprig of just about anything and make it grow into a beautiful plant. Roses were her specialty. She loved her roses. She enjoyed children, animals, dancing, baseball, crafting, gardening, sewing, camping, pot lucks, and spending precious time with family and friends.

In 2004 Hazel met Albert Stacks. They shared many good years together. RV-camping, dancing on Friday nights, and enjoying each other’s company for over a decade.

Hazel has resided at Middlefield Oaks Assisted Living since August 2015 due to memory care needs.

Hazel is survived by son Phillip and Linda (Raade) Vaught, son Thomas and Turid (VanLier) Vaught, granddaughter Kelli (Vaught) and Steve Wesolowski all of Cottage Grove, Oregon, grandson Travis and Suzanna (Martin) Vaught of Maryland and 3 great-grandchildren Autumn Elizabeth Vaught, Ian Dwyer Vaught and Meredith Hazel Vaught. Also many cherished nieces and nephews and several extended family members.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Lamar Vaught, parents James Albert and Mary Ellen (O’Halloran) Fields, 6 siblings Henry Lester Fields, Edna Mae Fields, Mary Fields, James Albert Fields, Loretta Marie (Fields) Ballard, Bernadine Elizabeth (Fields) Page Porter and granddaughter Kimberlie Ann Vaught.

A special thank you to Middlefield Oaks Memory Care staff and Peace Health Hospice.

Services were held on Saturday, October 28, at the Cottage Grove Bible Church. Interment in Fir Grove cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Calvin Funk Post #32, 826 West Main Street, P. O. Box 4, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

More In Obituaries