Roberta Jane “Bobbie” Hazaleus, lifelong Kay County resident, died early Friday morning, March 15, 2019 in the Blackwell Hospital. She was 95.
The daughter of Robert Leslie Case and Sylvia Jane Moon Case, Bobbie was born Jan. 7, 1924 on the family farm northeast of Ponca City just a mile north of Wentz Camp. The family farm was homesteaded in the Cherokee Land Run, and was known as Moon Hill. Bobbie received her elementary education in the area rural schools. She then attended Ponca City High School where she graduated with the class of 1941. For the next few years she worked in Oklahoma City, including employment at Tinker Air Force Base. In 1944 she returned to the Newkirk area and found employment with the telephone company.
On Dec. 9, 1949 Roberta and Leo Earl Hazaleus were married in Newkirk. They established their home on a farm four miles east and three and a half miles south of Newkirk. She was a farmer’s wife, delivering lunches to the fields, driving harvest trucks, and helping work livestock. After her three daughters, Janie, Rose Mary, and Ruthie, were grown, she enjoyed employment with the Ponca City School food Service for 20 years. After her husband’s death May 1 9, 1999, her next employment was in childcare at two local churches. She then had childcare in her home, and retired at age 90. She was known as “Grandma Bobbie” to many.
Roberta was active in the Prairie Chapel Methodist Church in her early years, then later in the First Christian Church in Newkirk. She was a 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed cooking sewing, gardening and genealogy. Both she and her husband were active in V.F.W. and school activities. She was also a member of the Stoney Point Home Demonstration Club.
Roberta is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Janie and Jim McGuire of Arkansas City, Rose Mary and Danny Harader of Ponca City, and Ruth Hazaleus of Oklahoma City; three grandsons and their wives, Mike and Tina Harader of Blackwell, Scott and Melanie Harader of Newkirk, and Jared and Abby McGuire of Gorham, Maine; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Judy Case of Hays, Kan., and many extended family members and friends.
In addition to Leo, Jr., Bobbie’s husband of nearly 50 years, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Betty Case.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 22 in the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rob Harris officiating. Interment will follow in Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and the family will be available at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. to visit with friends.
Those serving as casket bearers will be Mike Harader, Scott Harader, Jared McGuire, Ricky Harader, Lane Harader, and Scott Dorl.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Roberta Hazaleus’ name to either Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1612, Ponca City, 74602-1612, or the First Christian Church, P. O. Box 462, Newkirk 74647-0462.