Clara Evelyn Louise Dazell, 100, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow, followed by interment in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
She was born on April 28, 1913, to Norwegian and Danish immigrants Gertie (Johnson) and George Hanson in Fargo, N.D. She was raised in northern Minnesota. The eldest of several children, she shared the role as the extra Mom to help out. Not speaking English until she entered first grade, she soon became the English tutor for many students, including her own siblings.
She married Robert “Bob” Dazell on May 4, 1932. They soon packed up and moved to Illinois and Wisconsin, where they lived until the Fort Peck Dam began construction, at which time Bob’s brother beckoned them to Montana. After spending time in Fort Peck, where Bob was employed on the construction of the dam, they moved to Glasgow, where they raised their three daughters and Bob began his own construction business.
She was a wonderful wife and mother and always the gracious host. She enjoyed many activities, including crocheting, baking, volunteering, reading and participating in many community activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Degree of Honor, the Sons of Norway, Senior Citizens and so enjoyed the many friends that she made in the Glasgow community.
In addition to her role as mother and wife, she helped out with Bob’s construction business, and at the age of 50 took on a new career. She went to work at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital and soon earned her LPN designation. She loved her job. One of her duties was assisting in the nursery, where she met many parents and enjoyed seeing their babies grow up. She retired at the age of 75 and went on to enjoy her many years of traveling, volunteering and especially spending time with family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; one daughter, Margaret; one granddaughter, Jacqueline Taylor; one son-in-law, Jack Taylor; five sisters, Bernice, Gladys, Viola, Anna and Janice; and two brothers, Melvin and Alvin.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Tihista and her husband, Ron, of Great Falls, and Diana Archambeault and her husband, Kendall, of Billings; one sister, Mabel Larson; six granddaughters, Michele Hall and her husband, Randy, Jeanette Newman and her husband, Dan, Jacqueline Price and her husband, Ted, Monique Fruit and her husband, Brian, Yvette Dean and her husband, Ron, and Colette Longin and her husband, Tony; and two grandsons, Owen Taylor and his wife, Rhonda, and Zane Taylor; 35 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.