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8/1/2013 3:30:00 PM
Things you did not know about ... Brenda Hauser
Of Hauser and Hauser Farms

Bill Helm
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - Besides owning and operating Hauser and Hauser Farms, Brenda Hauser is a retired nurse, having worked since the 1970s at various medical clinics in the Verde Valley. Hauser says that though she and her husband Dick have retired from farming, "we help out if we can. He was really a farmer while I was just an occasional fill in. Selling sweet corn worked well for me."

Hauser also spent 10 years on the Camp Verde Town Council.


Bugle: How long have you been living in the Verde Valley?

Hauser: I've lived in Camp Verde for 45 years.

Bugle: If you are not originally from the Verde Valley, where did you come from?

Hauser: We moved here from Scottsdale, with four little kids, into a little house on Afton Lane. It was so small that my mother-in-law thought the kitchen was my pantry. I was born and raised in a small, southern Illinois town. When my stepfather passed away, my mother packed everything we owned in a 1955 Chevy and moved us to Phoenix.

Bugle: What brought you to the Verde Valley?

Hauser: We moved to Camp Verde to be closer to my husband's job with a refining company in Flagstaff and to be close to his sister that lived here. We also owned a lumberyard in Camp Verde for a few years.

Bugle: What is your favorite place in the Verde Valley?

Hauser: My favorite place in the Verde Valley is the Camp Verde Heritage Community Pool. It is such a great community project. It is so fun. I also like our little river park on Quarter Horse, as well as Dead Horse Park, and the farm fields in the summer.

Bugle: What are some of your hobbies?

Hauser: I have plenty of hobbies, but don't do any of them very well. I collect depression glass, (oh I'm good at that). I scrapbook, I love to make jams and jellies and I love to bake cookies. I did write a couple cookbooks. I'm a pretty good grandma. In my younger days, I loved hiking and spending time by the creeks and rivers here.

Bugle: Do you have a family? Spouse? Kids?

Hauser: I've been married to my husband Dick for 50-plus years. We have four grown children who live close to us: Kim Gould, Kevin, Kristi Bright and Kerri Hauser, as well as 12 grandchildren, some here and some scattered around the U.S., and three great grandbabies.

Bugle: When you have a long weekend, what do you and your family like to do?

Hauser: We are a family of celebrations!  We get together for birthdays, anniversaries, fish fries, or any holiday. We have a camping family reunion every August up in the mountains. I'm not as much into roughing it and tenting as I used to be, but I do like camp cooking and sleeping in a trailer.

Bugle: Do you have any pets?

Hauser: At this time, we don't have pets, other than a couple stray cats that hang around. We always had dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, sheep and rabbits when the kids were young. But over the years, I was running around so much that the neighbors were feeding the cats and dogs more than I was. So as they went to the great PetSmart in the sky, we didn't replace them.

Bugle: What music is in your car right now?

Hauser: My radio dial is on 105.7, because I love KVRD and country music. When my XM is working, I like old time radio stories and classical music, too.

Bugle: What is your favorite food?

Hauser: My favorite food is probably Mexican food from LaFonda's. But I love summer fruits and vegetables, and I like food cooked over an open fire. I love camp cooking because you can splatter grease and boil things over and it just doesn't matter when the floor is dirt.

Bugle: What was your favorite sports team when you were growing up?

Hauser: My favorite sports team is the Arizona Cardinals.  Back in the day, before Arizona had a team, I loved the Dallas Cowboys. Then when Arizona got the Arizona Wranglers, etc. I worked really hard to become an Arizona team fan.

Bugle: What is your most embarrassing moment?

Hauser: You know, I've lived a long time and have had so many embarrassing moments, Oh wait, I remember a couple. One time, I had a political meeting at my house and you know, had spiffied things up because there were council members, mayors and friends here.  After they all left, I realized that the marshal had been sitting on my dirty socks that I'd inadvertently left on the chair. Also, one time when we had a movie theater here, a friend called for us to go to the movie, and I said sure. Well about halfway through the movie, one of the kids came to tell me that there was a meeting at my house. I had forgotten it was a sorority meeting night, I came home and the girls were doing my dishes. There are many more and probably much worse, but apparently, memory lapses have conveniently allowed me to forget them.

Bugle: Is there anything else people do not know about you that you would like to share?

Hauser: I love our town and the beautiful, generous people who live here.  Our family is so fortunate to be able to live, work and play in Camp Verde.  We have five generations living in the Verde Valley and are thankful every day that God planted us here. I forgot to mention that my 89-year-old mother lives in Cottonwood. She still sews and cans.

Taylor Waste

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Kris McMackin

What an awesome Mom too! I was a friend of one of the younger girls when I noticed all the older guys in town at her home. They were enjoying her cooking and baked goods like she was the team Mom.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Cowan

The one thing everyone otta know about this woman is that she works! She has worked tirelessly at keeping water in the river and flowing freely through Camp Verde. She works at keeping the Clear Creek Cemetery well maintained and up and running smoothly. When she was mayor, she helped the Camp Verde Historical Society establish the Camp Verde Museum and countless other tasks for the common good. Just plain folk but the world is a better place because of the work Brenda has done for our community.

Thanks for writing this article on one of the community’s spark plugs that keeps the engine running smoothly.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: Win Hjalmarson

Brenda has many strengths and accomplishments not mentioned here. Perhaps its because one of her strengths is her modesty. She has been a major supporter of keeping the Verde River flowing. I've observed over the years that elected officials in the watershed listen to Brenda when she discusses the importance of water. Perhaps its because of her farming background that she has the respect of many including myself. Thanks Brenda.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Tara Pyke

Hi brenda...I was wondering if u knew of anybody whom would be interested in the emerald green I have the tall glasses...lg wine glasses... and the small wine glasses...I have had them gor years as they were my grandmothers...but I do not use them so they collect dust...I'm told they are rare and worth money...can you help me

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Gotta love Brenda

What a great person and inspiring life of service.

Loved the marshal sitting on the dirty socks story!

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