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Hazel Moorhead


Hazel Inez Moorhead, 107, Iola, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at her home.

Hazel was born Nov. 29, 1906, on a farm near Saffordville, west of Emporia, the daughter of Clarence and Mabel (Gangloff) Beer. She was the second born of eight children and helped raise her siblings along with doing farm work. 

In 1942 she married to James Searcy. They later divorced.  She lived in the Coffey and Lyon counties before moving to Topeka in 1955.

On Nov. 11, 1969, she married Arthur W. Moorhead in Nevada, Mo. They lived in Le Roy before moving to Iola in 1979. He died Oct. 10, 1980. She enjoyed having a large garden.

Survivors include a sister, Ilene Walker of Colorado, and several nieces and nephews, including Dale Mast and his wife, Beulah, Severy.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Pete Beer and Clarence Beer, Jr., and four sisters, Alice Mast, Evelyn Telfer, Opal Smith and Ina Mae Finical.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Highland Cemetery in Iola.

Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola, is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to 


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