Hazel (Blackwell) Hendrix - Honored in 2014

  • photo of Hazel Hendrix John P. St. John Memorial High School
    Class of 1952

    (June 29, 1934 — Sept. 28, 2023)

    Hazel worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years, first at Patrons Bank after graduation, then retiring as vice president of operations for Bank IV. She became active in the Olathe Alumni Association in 1977 when her late husband was on the association board. She continued to serve the organization as they planned all-school reunions every five years through 1992. After a lapse in leadership for several years, Hazel and other remaining association members began working with the Olathe School District to revitalize the association. She was elected president of the alumni association in 2007. Hazel also served as treasurer for the Olathe High School Alumni Association in its earlier years, and as gift shop treasurer for the Olathe Medical Center. She currently volunteers in the finance office for the hospital. Her honors include Olathe Medical Center Volunteer of the Year in 2004 and a Hero in Healthcare named by Ingram’s magazine in 2005. She was president of the Olathe Medical Center Ambassadors group in 2009-10.