Hazel Chapin Marsh was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1913. Her father abandoned her and her brother with a family friend, Chris Lannen, in 1916. Though the Lannens never legally adopted Hazel and her brother, they accepted the children and treated them as their own. Hazel grew up on the Lannen homestead in Bearmouth, Montana, and remained connected to that land in some fashion throughout her entire life. Hazel was the only child in the Lannen household to receive an education, attending the Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula from 1928 to 1932.
Hazel married a mining engineer, George Marsh, in 1942. The two were often apart from each other. George traveled frequently for his job, and spent three years in Australia during WWII. After his return the couple lived in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington for various periods of time, always as a result of George's work. The two were divorced in the early 1950s, and Hazel moved back to Missoula to care for her dying foster parents and to attend the University of Montana. She eventually transferred to College of Great Falls. After graduation in 1958, Hazel completed a Masters degree in English at Notre Dame University. Upon returning to Missoula she was employed as a librarian at Sacred Heart Academy and rented out Bearmouth property to cattle ranchers. She died in 1993 in Missoula.
Note: Grave is unmarked. Hazel is buried in the same plot as Catherine Lannen
Plot: 119, space 4
Created by: mwg48
Record added: Jun 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27706017
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