BILLINGS- Hazel Beyer Ohs passed away January 3, 2019 at her home of natural causes. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Malta Community Church.

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Hazel June Beyer Ohs was born June 12, 1924 at the family home near Malta to Gustav and Augusta Beyer. In 1943, she met her future husband, Gustav Ohs. Gust and Hazel were married in Malta on April 9, 1944. They had five children, Ronald, Joyce, Gloria, Steven and John. They were married 53 years until Gust passed away on Jan. 3, 1997, exactly 22 years to the day she went to be with her Lord.

Hazel’s parents were German immigrants who settled in Illinois and Minnesota before coming to Montana in 1910. She attended 8 years at Strater Country School, and graduated from Malta High School in 1943. Her entire life was spent living in Malta and the surrounding community, until she moved to Laurel to be near her children in 2016.

Hazel worked part time at Price Rite Grocery her Senior Year, then the Malta Bakery after graduation. When her children started school, she worked part time at Price Rite Grocery. Once her youngest child started school, she worked full time for Jacobs Plumbing and Heating until she became ill with rheumatic fever in 1968, retiring in 1969. During the Christmas seasons of 1981-83 Hazel worked for Kamala Jewelry.

Hazel was known for her beautiful garden and flowers. She had a green thumb and could grow anything. The flower arrangements she made from her garden, she faithfully placed on the church alter every Sunday. She was proud of the many ribbons she received for her vegetables and gorgeous flowers at the Phillips County Fair. Moving her flowers to her new Laurel home was important to her, and they bloomed big and beautiful the first spring. We all enjoyed her baking, especially her delicious cinnamon rolls and flat bread she made when the family came to visit. She was a talented baker and decorated cakes for weddings and parties at church. This talent she eventually passed down to one of her granddaughters.

Crafting and Sewing was a favorite pastime and all her children received quilts from her. She stayed active tending to her meticulous yard and could be found mowing her grass and watering her garden until she moved to Laurel in 2016. Following and cheering on the Malta Mustangs was exciting. When she was unable to attend, she listened to every game on the radio. There was great joy when she was able to attend and watch her grandkids and great grandkids activities. Her daily morning routine was reading the paper, drinking her coffee, and doing the daily crossword puzzles.

Caregiving was her gift. She gave so much of herself caring for her parents, husband, family and friends. She was an unwavering woman of faith with a strong work ethic. These characteristics along with her caring and giving spirit she instilled in her children and grandchildren.

Hazel was a member of Malta Dirt Daubers Garden Club. She served on the Ladies Auxiliary at Malta Community Church and many other groups including her Birthday Club and a monthly gathering with friends from church.

Loving and living for the Lord was important to her. Even when she was in intense pain, she attended church when she could and prayed for her family who she loved dearly. Hazel was a member of Malta Community Church for over 65 years.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Gust; son, Steve; Grandson, Ross and her brothers Herbert, William and Clarence.

She is survived by her children, Ronald Ohs, Joyce (John) Yager, Gloria (Dennis) Allwin, John (Krisanne) Ohs, daughter-in-law Carol Ohs and 12 Grandchildren: Tim, Tom, Lynda, KJ, Janis, Kari, Nate, Stephanie, Kristina, Brian, Jaron and Derek and 15 Great Grandchildren.

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From: Russ and Shilloy Lowe

Oh, Gloria and all of the family, we so send you love and prayers at your Mom's passing to Heaven. It was always a joy to talk to her as she shared her life and her family. Her love for Jesus and for you all was apparent and so precious. She sure left an amazing family to carry on her legacy. It's a privilege to have known this classy lady. Warm hugs...

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