Margie Hazelton

(March 6th, 1921 - May 17th, 2016)

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      Margie Tavra Hazelton, age 95 of Seymour, Missouri passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 on her rural Dogwood Community Ranch. She was born March 6, 1921 in Eureka, California the daughter of George and Sadie Tavra. Margie loved dogs, cattle and horses with a passion. She broke and trained horses and was well known in Southern California as a talented horse trainer. Margie became a prominent rodeo performer excelling in team roping and calf roping. Margie won the All Girls Calf Roping and attained the title of World Champion Calf Roper in 1950. Margie met her future husband, Richard Hazelton, while team roping and together they won many events. Richard was a prominent thoroughbred race horse trainer and they became a team of the leading trainers in the United States. In addition to her horse training, Margie was an accomplished oil artist and author. Margie taught oil painting classes in Phoenix, Arizona and at her ranch in Douglas County. She had several one-woman art shows in Phoenix and a show at Millwood Country Club in Springfield, Missouri. She sold her impressionist-style paintings and commissioned works throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway. Margie wrote the novel “Backside” in the 1980’s about horse training and her life on the racing circuit. In 1986, after nearly 30 years of training thoroughbreds, Margie retired from racing and bought a 500 acre ranch in Douglas County known as Dogwood Hills Teeny Weeny Ranch. Margie loved to cook and host parties (including her annual “Kite Party”) and only needed an excuse to invite her cherished friends to her ranch. Margie was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, William Tayra. She is survived by her step-granddaughter, Rebecca Turcott. Services and a Celebration of Life for Margie will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Dogwood Hills Teeny Weeny Ranch. Margie will be laid to rest in the family cemetery located on the Ranch, followed by a reception and sharing of great memories. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, the Springfield Art Museum or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at

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