Hazel A. McLaughlin Hartzog, 91, daughter of Otto M. McLaughlin and Stella Williams McLaughlin, was born Jan. 19, 1911, at Plato. She died Sept. 13, 2002, at her home at Plato, where she had lived for 70 years. Her father enjoyed entertaining friends at their family farm at Plato. Hazel was a hard worker from childhood, often assisting her mother with the cooking and cleaning that went along with hosting their many guests. Mrs. Hartzog attended Plato Schools, where she met and dated her future husband. She married Robert Lane Hartzog in 1932 and went on to live at the Hartzog’s family farm outside of Plato. They had one son. Mrs. Hartzog became a teacher at the Plato Schools while Bob ran the family farm. Mr. Hartzog was killed in a tractor accident in May 1966. Mrs. Hartzog took over the cattle and farm mainte-nance and continued teaching. In 1958, while she was a mother and housewife, Hazel completed her bachelor of science degree in education at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. In 1972, she received her master’s in administration from Drury College in Springfield. She dedicated her career to the Plato School System and worked there until she retired as principal of Plato Elementary School in 1976. Her teaching career spanned 37 years. Over those years, she was an influential and important figure to the lives of hundreds of children. Many of her former students approached her later in life to thank her for the positive impact that she had made on their lives. In addition to being a respected teacher, she also supported her community through the organiza-tions to which she belonged. She was a charter member of the Plato chapter, Order of Eastern Star and a dedicated parishioner of the Plato Christian Church. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie McLaughlin Beauchamp. She is survived by her son, Robert Lane Hartzog Jr. of Pacific; her brother, Harold Otto McLaughlin of Plato; two grand-children and a great-granddaughter. Services were Sept. 17 at the Plato Christian Church with Eugene Earp officiating. Burial was in the Mount Rose Memorial Park Cemetery at Lebanon under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care. “

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