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Hazel M. Badger

Hazel M. Badger Hazel Myrtle Badger, age 98, died on April 24, 2017 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka, Kansas. She was currently a resident at the Atria Hearthstone Assisted Living in Topeka.

She was born on June 30, 1918 in Eldon, MO to John Park and O. Myrtle (Huffman) Bigham the youngest of four children. Hazel graduated from high school at Dover in 1937 and later from the Stewart Beauty Academy. She worked for a beauty salon in Riley, Kansas where she met and married Estral D. Badger on November 29, 1940. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1957. Hazel and her children moved to Manhattan in 1961.

Hazel worked for the Department of Defense at Ft. Riley from 1954 until 1980. She then worked at the Flint Hills Agency on Aging until 1991. She moved to Topeka in 1997.

She was a member of the Manhattan Congregational Church, was a Past President of Manhattan Business and Professional Women & a member of Topeka BPW Club. She was also Past President of the American Legion Auxiliary and 8 & 40; Past President of AARP and NARFE of Manhattan; Past Noble Grand of Harmony Rebekah Lodge and Oakland Rebekah Lodge, Manhattan and Topeka.

Hazel was preceded in death in addition to her parents and husband a sister: Mildred Kinman and 2 brothers: Harold and Virgil Bigham and her son-in-law: Grover Padgett.

Survivors include her son: John Badger (Judy) of Topeka and a daughter: Gayle Padgett of Osage City, KS, along with 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Graveside Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday April 28, 2017 at Milford Cemetery, Milford, Kansas.

Visitation will be from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Midland Hospice House of Topeka or to the Congregational Church of Manhattan in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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