Mazie Marie Heath

1923 – 2022


Mazie Marie Heath was born March 9, 1923, in Boonville, MO, the only child of Moody and Edna Haley.  She passed away on July 25, 2022, at the age of 99. She lived at The Veraden in Edmond, OK, the last 5 years of her life, where she had many friends and compassionate caregivers.

Mazie was a small, vivacious child who loved spending time on her grandparent’s farm.  At the young age of 6 she contracted Bovine Tuberculosis from drinking unpasteurized cow’s milk.  She spent a year in the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago, IL, much of that time in a full body cast.  And during that time there was rare opportunity to see her mother, as money for travel was scarce.

The disease destroyed the ball and socket of her left hip, but nothing could destroy her determination.  The doctors had said she would never walk, but she did everything the other kids did and then some, walking up on her toes of that foot. (Built up shoes were ugly!)  She especially loved to swim and dance.  As a young woman everyone was awed by her dancing, and she would win jitterbug contests at local dances.

In 1944 Mazie met a handsome, red-haired Coast Guardsman, Harrison Heath, who was a boat tending the MO River.  In fact, they met at a dance. They were soon married and were forever devoted to each other.  He was the love of her life.  Harrison preceded her in death in 2011, and she never quit missing him.

In 1946, they had a daughter, Pam, who was their pride and joy.  Mazie fooled everyone again, as she was told she would never have children.  She was a talented seamstress and  everything she made she made to perfection.  Mazie made sure Pam was always beautifully dressed from the time she was a little girl all the way through high school and college.

She was a devoted Nana to her grandchildren, Diana and Heath, and her four great-grandson’s Blake, Dillon, Tyler, and Nick.  How fortunate she was to watch all her great-grandsons grow to be such fine young men.  Mazie loved children, and she was much like a grandmother to her former neighbor’s boys, Trey and Delbert.  If she had had the educational opportunity, she would have made a wonderful teacher.

In her later years Mazie loved to gamble.  She was a skilled poker player, both at the tables and on the machines.  If you took her to Vegas, it was guaranteed that she would be the last one to bed and she almost always won money.

She loved people and people loved her.  She was always interested in stories about them and their children.  And if you told her something of personal interest, she would not forget.  She had will, determination, and spunk, and anyone that knew Harrison and Mazie will always remember seeing them walking hand and hand.

Mazie is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Lou Vovk, granddaughter Diana Giles (Steve), grandson Heath Douglas (Candace), great-grandson’s Blake Giles (Tanna), Dillon Giles, Tyler Douglas, and Nick Douglas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.

She requested no service, but if you wish donations can be made in her memory at https://www.shrinerschildrens.org.  A photo tribute to Mazie can been seen on YouTube, search  “A Tribute to Mazie Heath.”  Her family would much appreciate you sharing your memories and stories of Mazie below.

Comments

  1. What a beautiful remembrance of a life well lived. Her daughter Pam shared wonderful recollections of her through the years. Mazie’s determination was with her to her final days. Peace be with this heroic woman. Sending love to Pam and Lou and family members.

  2. Loved my Mazie. Her smile, laughter, determination, the way she talked about her husband and family. She loved all of you. Thank you Pam for sharing her with us, and for the beautiful tribute to your Mom! Will miss her!

  3. What a beautifully led life. I know you and your family will miss her dearly and will cherish the memories if her. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. She certainly will be missed. She did love children. My grandchildren who are grown now loved to go visit Mazie and Harrison. They still talk about how she would make them toast with honey. The last visit my Grandaughter and my three great grandaughters and I had with her she became very attached to the youngest. I think because she has red hair which she and Harrison both had. She was an amazing woman of strength and dedication. So sad when we lose loved ones of that generation. They were special.

  5. Mazie was one of the sweetest and kindest persons I had ever met. I spent the summer with Harrison, Mazie and Pam two years in a row. When I was 16 in Mobile Alabama and the following summer in Aiken South Carolina. They were like my second family. I fell in love with Mazie that first summer.
    She was one of a kind and will be forever missed. God bless her she is at peace and free of pain now.

  6. What a warm & lovely remembrance of Mazie Marie Heath, age 99!
    Her life speaks of her spirit, determination and love for others. Her daughter Pam was devoted to Mazie in every way possible.
    This fine lady will be missed but her memories will always live in the hearts of those she loved.
    Peace, love and comfort to her adoring family

  7. Because of my friendship with Pam I was blessed to spend a lot of time with Mazie especially during our high school years. She had to sit on a pillow to drive her big boat of a car and a lot of the time she would be turned around talking to me in the backseat as she drove. Yikes! So many fun memories shopping with her and spending time with her and Harrison when I would come back to OK over the years. They showed so much interest in whatever you were doing. You just knew they loved and cared about you and your whole family. Loved her laugh! Such a cute little mom but a mighty woman all the way to the end. I’ll miss her for sure!

  8. Our dear sweet Aunt Mazie. She was such an amazing and very dear Aunt to me. Many fond memories of time spent visiting at their house. She had such a good heart and was always full of laughter. I would get tickled just hearing her laughter and funny comments. I’m so very thankful Gail and I got to celebrate her 99th Birthday with her and sure would love to be celebrating a 100th too. She was Beautiful inside and out and loved so much by us all🌺Our love, and blessings, thoughts and prayers are with you Pam and all your precious family❤️🙏

  9. I will forever miss you. God placed you in my path and for that I will be grateful. You helped me to be a better nurse and a better person. You taught me the importance of humility, dignity and respect. Be blessed in his presence.

  10. Oh my precious fiesty Mrs. Maize! How I will miss you and our visits! You have left your mark on so many hearts and I will forever treasure the memories of you. I love you so much and will miss you terribly! Thank you Pam for letting me take care of Maize and know her better. Thoughts and prayers for all who knew and loved this little dynamite!

  11. I have known Maize all my life. Her Grit and Determination have
    Been an inspiration to many people

  12. I had the pleasure of working with Mazie last summer as her Physical Therapist. What a treat she was!! So spunky and fun to work with. I loved hearing her stories of her childhood. She was so proud of her family and shared a lot of stories about them as well. She never failed to mention how handsome her husband Harrison was!!! She was one of a kind and will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her!!

  13. My Aunt Mazie: tiny & cute, neat & tidy, loving & kind. Always a smile, never an unkind word. So much fun to be with. I think of her sitting at the table happily sewing. Making that little vintage Singer truly sing. When I was starting high school she sent Annette and me a box of clothes from Pam. All lovely things that looked new and most she had made. I immediately grabbed a pretty pleated wool skirt (greedy me),tartan plaid, beautiful fabric, beautifuly made. All lined, fit and felt like a dream. It was my favorite piece of clothing for years. I was so proud of it. I don”t think I ever told her what a skilled artisan I thought she was or how much I admired her for so many things. A gracious lady with strength and courage beyond belief. A wonderful example. I thank God for her.

  14. Dear Pam, Lou, & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful and talented lady who lived an amazing life. She was blessed to have you Pam who took such good care of her. We lift you and your family up in prayer for comfort and peace during this time. Sending love & hugs!

  15. Very often after being proud of a straight or even prouder of a flush I have seen Mazie gleefully slap down a full house – with the same zeal whether for pennies or higher stakes. But she was always quick with a smile to ease the pain of the victim. She relished the role of great grandmother, handing out “Nana-Da” cookies, and that of surrogate grandmother to neighbor kids. A good cook, her go-to dishes were pot roast or breakfast at any hour. But Tough was also a descriptive adjective for Mazie as evidenced by the hospitalization and recovery she endured as a young child as well as how she handled various falls and breaks in her later years. In recent visits I enjoyed her stories of the funny and sometimes serious things that happened at the different locations where she was with Harrison as he was stationed with the Coast Guard after WWII. Mazie will be missed by family and friends.

  16. I remember a special outing with Mazie and Pam. Pam and I picked her from her residence at the time. She was dressed so cute and ready to go shopping and get some ice cream. She was a trooper. I am so glad I had a chance to meet her and Harrison while Pam and Lou were our neighbors in Longmont, CO. Very interesting couple.

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