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About The Foundation

Hazel Crosby Carlton Foundation was established in 2005, as a means by which to minister to those in need. Although the Foundation works to meet all types of needs, the priority is to help women and children. In addition to meeting the needs of individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation also exists to benefit other non-profit organizations, with a shared focus.

The Foundation’s namesake, Hazel Crosby Carlton, loved children and worked with them her entire life. She taught herself to read and became a teacher at age 16 after passing the state teacher's exam. During the summers of her teaching years, she attended Florida State College for Women (now FSU).

hazel At age 25 she married a Brooker, Florida, farmer, Hugh Crosby, giving birth to five children in seven years.

Following the unexpected death of Hugh (at age 47), she married Ressie Carlton, pastor of Fairbanks Baptist Church. She served alongside him teaching Sunday School, playing the piano, and ministering to the congregation. After his death in 1966, she moved to Starke, Florida, where she taught Sunday School and was active at First Baptist Church.

Hazel loved people and saw each one as valuable in God’s sight. Throughout her life, Hazel took pleasure in learning and always expressed interest in new things. She enjoyed gardening, painting, reading, traveling and completing crossword and number puzzles. Even after she turned 100, she still enjoyed reading her book of 100 Favorite Poems, the Bible or magazines. Hazel had a special relationship with young people, particularly children. At the time of her death, at age 103, Hazel had 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren — many of whom became teachers.

(biographical information, courtesy of Dr. Melanie Narkawicz)