Visitation for Lincolnville resident Hazel Screna Carlisle Pontious, 80, who died Monday at her home, will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home in Marion. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Foraker Cemetery, Foraker, Oklahoma.
Hazel was born Oct. 17, 1940, to Straud Franklin and Alice Marie (Helms) Carlisle in Grainola, Oklahoma. She grew up and attended schools in Grainola and Foraker, graduating from Shidler High School, Shidler, Oklahoma, in 1958.
On June 1, 1958, at the age of 17, she married Jay Early Pontious. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2019.
They made their first home in Foraker and there they started their family. Jay and Hazel lived in Shidler, Pawhuska, and Webb City, Oklahoma, Cunningham, Marion, and Lincolnville.
She was baptized in Foraker United Methodist Church and became a member of Shidler Methodist, Cunningham Methodist, and Marion Church of Christ churches.
In 1972, Jay and Hazel bought their first house and moved to the Lincolnville area. Together, they purchased and ran K&J Well Service and then changed the name to J&H Oil Company.
She owned and operated the Owl Car Cafe in Marion and later the Hitchin’ Post Western Wear Store in Marion and Lincolnville. She also worked for several businesses in the Marion area including Western Associates (Hoppy), Sears, Marion Elevator and numerous cafes, plus was bookkeeper for J&H Oil and the Lost Springs Pump Shop.
Hazel served as troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America in Cunningham and Marion.
She enjoyed bowling, going to national bowling tournaments all over Canada and the United States. She had a passion for making Christmas candy, baking cinnamon rolls, canning, working on family genealogy, and hosting family reunions. She loved collecting John Wayne memorabilia, belt buckles and Zippo cigarette lighters.
Survivors include son Brad Pontious of El Reno, Oklahoma; daughters Gloria Pontious of Wichita, Alice Pontious of Lincolnville, and Roberta (and husband Ron) McGlachlin of Newton; adopted son Sam (and wife Dena) Bowman of Lincolnville; sisters Frankie Fulsom of Cedar Vale, and Arley (and husband Lonnie) Bennett of Wellington; 13 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; in-laws Louise Pontious of Shidler, Oklahoma, Linda Pontious of McPherson, and Kenneth and Gloria Harris of Andover.
Her husband Jay, infant son Jimmy Wayne, parents Straud and Alice Carlisle, and brothers Bill and John Carlisle preceded her in death.
Casket bearers are grandsons Justin Pontious, Chris McGlachlin, Brandon McGlachlin, Derrick Eldridge, Shannon Knight, and Aaron Bowman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Good Shepherd Hospice, Newton, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.