Margaret “Peggy” Joan Hazlett, 78, of Topeka, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 from complications of lung cancer with her husband at her side.
She was born August 23, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Richard Matthew and Alberta Katherine (Farmerie) Goss. She was a 1961 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from University of Kansas in 1965 where she was a member of the Frosh Hawk Spirit Squad.
While her husband, Allan Hazlett, was in law school she taught elementary school in DeSoto, Kansas and later at Assumption Catholic School in Topeka. Peggy was employed by Standard Liquor and then Sound Recording in Topeka. She worked with her husband, following their passion, in his adoption law practice for the past 30 years.
She was President of the Woman’s Kansas Day Club. Under her leadership she was instrumental in moving the one-room Stach School to the Kansas Historical Society grounds in October of 1984. While her children were in school she was a member of the Citizens' Advisory Board for USD 501.
Peggy and Allan participated in Marriage Encounter.
Peggy married Allan A. Hazlett on April 1, 1965 at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kansas. They were Seniors at KU and wanted to have the ceremony the Thursday before Spring Break began that year. He survives of Topeka. Other survivors include three children, Christopher (Jessica) Hazlett of Shawnee, KS, Rob (Traci) Hazlett of Little Canada, MN and Ryan Hazlett of Topeka; six grandchildren, Whitney and Aiden Hazlett, Matthew and Jessica Webb-Hazlett and Aaron and Emily Hazlett; and her brother, James Goss, and his companion, Roxanne Grona of Gilbert, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Richard Goss, Jr. who died in the Hyatt Regency cat walk collapse; and her daughter-in-law, Tamara Dennis in 2021.
Peggy enjoyed Jazzercise and coffee with the “girls” afterwards, reading, needlepoint, her book club, several crossword puzzles daily, traveling, hosting family gatherings (where she always had too much food), eating out, shoes, her canine companions, Max and Bentley, spending time at the family condo in Estes Park, CO and was an avid KU sports fan….Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
Honoring her request, cremation is planned. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m., followed by light refreshments on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Mount Hope Funeral Chapel, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka. Private family entombment will be at Mount Hope Mausoleum. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel in Topeka is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gift of Adoption Fund, 1200 Shermer Road, Suite 111, Northbrook, IL 60062, Williams Fund for KU Athletics, 1651 Naismith Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045-4069 or your local humane shelter.
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