Eighty-four-year-old Hazel Rouse has lived as a resourceful woman making the best of what she had no matter where she was or what she was doing.
Born as Hazel Brezina on May 21, 1928, just across the border in northern Kansas, she lived through the Dirty '30s, World War II, farming with her husband in rural Webster County, the death of her husband in 1975 and life since then with a string of jobs that have always kept her busy.
And in a time when most people will have retired 20 years ago, Rouse said she still plans to keep busy.
"I've got a lot to do. I don't want to retire yet," Rouse said.
For the last four years, Rouse has worked at the Hastings Museum helping with everything from sewing garment bags to making templates and laminating.