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Niobrara County Library - Hazel Mae (Jones) Meng (March 26, 1893 - November 17, 1942)

Hazel Mae (Jones) Meng (March 26, 1893 - November 17, 1942)

The Lusk Herald
November 19, 1942


Mrs. Hans Meng Funeral Services To Be Saturday

Following a lingering illness, Mrs. Hans Meng passed away at the Lusk hospital on November 17th. Mrs. Meng was brought in to Lusk from her ranch home on Old Woman Creek at Red Bird, when her condition became suddenly acute.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at two o'clock at the Peet Funeral chapel, with Father Roderick officiating. Mrs. Meng is survived by her husband and two children and a number of other relatives, several of whom are expected from distant points to attend the funeral.

Mrs. Meng was the daughter of Merton Jones, who engaged in the ranch business with Merit Taylor on the Taylorville Ranch, northwest of Lance Creek for many years. She has lived in this community most of her life.

A more complete account of Mrs. Meng's life will be given in next week's edition of the Herald.

The Lusk Herald, December 2, 1942

Hazel May Jones, daughter of Merton and Lucy Jones was born near Springview, Nebraska on March 26, 1893. In 1896 the family came to what was then Converse County, Wyo. and located on a ranch on the Cheyenne River, later to a permanent location on the old U L A ranch on Lance Creek in this county. At the age of 13 years May entered a parochial school at O'Neill, Nebr. and graduated from there some seven years later and engaged in teaching in Nebraska and Wyoming for three years.

In 1917 she was united in marriage to Hans Meng. The young couple established their ranch home on Old Woman Creek at its present location some 40 miles northeast of Lusk near the Red Bird store.

Mrs. Meng's death occurred on the evening of November 17th after an illness of several months at the age of 49 years, 7 months and 22 days. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Helen Freeman of Lance Creek, one son, James, now located in Minneapolis and one granddaughter. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Verona Cover of Seattle, Mrs. Dorothy Walker of Calif., Mrs. John Glover of Porcupine, S.D., and one brother, Francis Bergeson of Denver.

Countless friends speak of Mrs. Meng as a loving wife and devoted mother and a true cordial fried to all who knew her. Her home was a refuge and place of rest for all who came and as these travelers departed they took with them beautiful memories of her unselfishness and love.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 21st at the Peet Chapel, with Father Roderick Orins of St. Leo's Catholic Church officiating. Frank Kuhn sang "Ave Maria" and a quartet composed of Frank Kuhn, Palmer Watson, Yvonne Vogel and Patricia Taylor sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

Pall bearers were Ray DeGering, Jess Boner, Henry Wasserberger, Ira Thomas, C.A. David and Dick Pfister. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.








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