Hazel C. Poling, 64, an administrative officer in the Indian Health Service until her retirement in 1978 with almost 40 years of federal service, died of cancer Oct. 23 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Poling, who lived in Annandale, was born at Petoskey, Mich., where she was a member of the Ottawa Indian Tribe. She attended what is now the Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kan.
In 1938, she moved to Washington and went to work for the health branch of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Interior Department. In 1956, the health branch was transferred to the Public Health Service. Mrs. Poling remained in the Indian Health Service and was an administrative officer when she retired.
Mrs. Poling received the Interior Department's Outstanding Performance Award in 1954 and the Superior Service and Oveta Culp Hobby awards from the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1964. She also received the Outstanding Indian of the Year Award from the Indian Council Fire and was honored by the North American Indian Women's Association.
Survivors include her husband, Carlton C. Poling of Annandale; her mother, Ida McCrary of Petoskey; four brothers, Francis Crossett of LaSalle, Mich., Lawrence Crossett of Newberry, Mich., Irvin Crossett of Fort Worth, Tex., and Leonard Crossett of Oregon City, Ore., and three grandchildren. A daughter, Virginia Lauck, died last year.