Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Hazel Cowen

Born: 04/19/1912 Died: 03/26/2011 Maiden Name: McCalla Honorific: n/a

Hazel LaVerne Cowen, 98, a Grady County resident passed away on March 26, 2011. She was born to Thomas Richard and Emma Bailey McCalla on April 19, 1912, on her mother’s Choctaw allotment in Chickasha. She attended Friend School and then graduated from Amber High School. She graduated from OWC with a bachelor’s degree in home economics on May 29, 1935, the same day she married Chester Melcenia Cowen, a marriage that lasted 66 years until his death in 2002. She applied the home economics degree throughout her life as she raised her family. Hazel was a active member of Delphian, American Association of University Women, Eastern Star and Methodist Women’s Circle. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Joseph Bailey McCalla, William Duncan McCalla, Thomas Richard McCalla Jr. and Woodrow Wilson McCalla; and her sister, Beulah Martha McCalla. She is survived by her son, Chester Richard Cowen with wife Linda Lee; daughter Margaret Ann Gumma with husband Victor; sister-in-law, Jean McCalla, widow of Woodrow McCalla; and many nieces and nephews.