A funeral will be held Thursday for Hazel S. Parkinson, 72, retired society and club writer for 36 years at the Salt Lake Tribune, who died Jan. 30, 1995, at her son's home in Salt Lake City from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

The services will be held at 1 p.m. in the Yalecrest 1st Ward chapel, 1035 S. 1800 East. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 250 S. 200 East, and from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the church.Mrs. Parkinson, who retired from the newspaper in 1990, was a graduate of Utah State University, which in 1981 presented her with a Distinguished Service Award. She was a charter member of the Friends of Merrill Library and served on its board.

She received many awards, including the General Federation of Women's Clubs' Outstanding Journalist Award, and was president of the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was on a first-name basis with many well-known social and political figures, including the late Pat Nixon.

Mrs. Parkinson was well-known for her work on the Tribune's "club beat," regularly screening dozens of invitations for coverage.

Mrs. Parkinson was a "great employee. One of her best assets was the ability to make people feel at ease. People got so they would tell her anything and everything, which led to a lot of good stories. She could see stories in things that other reporters could not see. She was a master at that," said Barbi Robison, the Tribune's retired Lifestyle editor.

Before moving from Bountiful to live with her son, Scott, and his family in about 1989, she was active in the Young Women, Sunday School and Relief Society organizations in the Bountiful 20th and 36th wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.