The Lusk Herald
July 19, 1999
Hazel Esther Roberts Nilsen
Hazel Nilsen died June 30, 1999
She was born May 19, 1914, at Van Tassell, to Berton and Lucetta Roberts.
Hazel graduated from Hay Springs (Neb) High School in 1931. She later attended the School of Commerce at North Platte, Neb. She joined the Navy in 1944 and was one of the first group of WAVES stationed at the Naval Ordinance Test Station, China Lake. After her discharge, she remained at China Lake as a Management Technician until she retired in 1978.
In 1951 she married Maurice Coleman who preceded her in death in 1999. She married her present husband, Charles Nilsen, on St. Patrick's Day 1993.
Although unable to have children, Hazel was a spiritual mother for hundreds over her lifetime. Every life she touched was enriched by her caring ways and sense of humor.
She was active in community including the Literacy Council, Protestant Women of the Chapel, Girls Scouts, Gem and Mineral Society, Maturango Museum and American Legion.
She is survived by her husband; step-daughter and step-son, Carolyn and Jim Shepherd; and numerous nieces and nephews of the Roberts, Simon, Gusman, Fraser, and Goertler families. She was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.
Evelyn Ladonna Erspamer (September 29, 1932 - March 11, 2012)Phebe Maude Fraser (February 6, 1907 - June 14, 1989)Phillip Russell Fraser (October 20, 1936 - September 25, 2004)Phillip Scott Fraser (December 13, 1959 - December 13, 1959)Stanley Mitchell Fraser (February 2, 1899 - December 20, 1946)Myrna Wanda Gabol (September 7, 1939 - July 24, 2013)Lillian M. Gourley (April 4, 1902 - June 20, 1959)Phebe Janice Moran (February 25, 1932 - November 9, 1975)Coila Leona Roberts (December 15, 1899 - April 15, 1964)Donald Riley Roberts (April 28, 1929 - July 10, 1973)Harold Charles Roberts (September 3, 1927 - September 1, 1991)Jack Edward Roberts (September 14, 1934 - February 10, 1989)James Edward Roberts (August 5, 1900 - March 11, 1968)Lloyd Berton Roberts (April 25, 1924 - August 23, 1943)Lucetta Roberts (June 26, 1870 - September, 1954)Sheila Eileen Roberts (September 3, 1949 - March 7, 2012)Amiel Leonard Seegrist (June 21, 1912 - September 22, 1977)Mable Alice Sides Seegrist (April 25, 1919 - February 6, 2005)Grace Leona Townsend (September 23, 1930 - September 28, 2004)Myron Earle Townsend (January 29, 1922 - December 5, 1973)Norma Roberts Ward (February 17, 1929 - September 7, 2000)Marguerite L. Wilson (October 29, 1920 - April 23, 1996)
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