Payson Woman Honored By Military

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Hazel West has been crocheting most of her adult life. She has created projects from afghans to adult booties and everything in between.

When fellow Telephone Pioneers (a service organization) member De Etta Maloney asked her to make baby booties and caps for the Layette Program of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, she was happy to oblige.

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Hazel West of Payson has been honored by the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society for her contribution of crocheted booties and caps.

In November, NMCRS invited West come to San Diego, Calif. for a banquet and awarded her for 100 hours of service.

"I just crochet the booties and caps. I don't stay at it for a long time, so I have no idea how long it takes me. They sent me some material and they wanted me to put hours, but I don't want to do it that way. I want to do it when I want to do it."

The Layette program isn't the only beneficiary of West's work, according to Maloney. She has been crocheting adult slippers and giving them to the elderly for the past 10 to 15 years. She works a day or two a week at the Time Out Thrift Store.

"Hazel is a very giving person," Maloney said.

The Layette Program has volunteer knitters from around the country making afghans, booties and caps that are placed in "Junior Seabags" along with other clothes and bedding items, said Mike Brown, director of NMCRS. The seabags are given to expectant or recently delivered mothers when they attend a budget workshop. When a volunteer reaches specific hour milestones, their service is formally recognized.

West has been contributing booties for a couple of years to the Layette program.

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