Etha Crawford, 93, of Hastings, Iowa, passed away on March 19, 2018 at Esprit Whispering Ridge Assisted Living in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern. Burial will be in the Hastings Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials: directed to the Alzheimer's Association
Etha Sophrona Crawford, one of three children of Benjamin Curtis and Louise Belle (Walker) King, was born on September 17, 1924 near Villisca, Iowa. She attended school and worked at Henningsens in Malvern, Iowa and later at Unitog in Glenwood, Iowa until her retirement.
Etha and Wendell Albert Crawford were united in marriage on October 11, 1942 in Rock Port, Missouri. They made their home in Hastings, Iowa and their marriage was blessed with five children, Ivan, Judy, Rodney, Mike, and Randy.
Etha lived in Hastings most of her adult life and enjoyed camping, fishing, and listing to country western music. She loved red roses and her shitzu "Peek a boo". Etha was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a good friend to all who knew her.
Etha passed away at Esprit Whispering Ridge in Omaha, Nebraska on March 19, 2018, at the age of 93 years, 6 months, and 2 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband Wendell in 1972; son Ivan Crawford in 2016; brother Alfred King; and sister Helen Swolley.
Etha is survived by her daughter Judy "Diane" Petersen and husband Jim of West Branch, IA; sons, Rodney Crawford of Omaha, Mike Crawford of Council Bluffs, IA, and Randy Crawford and wife Sherry of Silver City, IA; eleven grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and many friends.
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May the promise found at Isaiah 25:8 bring some comfort in the death of Etha Sophronia Crawford. "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces." Just imagine, no more pain and grief due to the death of a love one! By means of the Kingdom that Jesus Christ taught us to pray for, God is going to remove sickness, old age and death from the human family.
We remember Etha when we had the grocery store in Hastings in the early 1950's. She was a very valued customer. Don and Wanda Loseke
So sorry for your loss Carla, it has been a rough year for you all losing your dad and now your sweet grandma, we are so sorry, Maybe we could connect with you again while you are back?
I am really glad I called last summer and was able to go see her she was always a very special aunt she will be missed thoughts and prayers for her family
Seeing you last summer Aunt Etha brought back alot of memory's sure going to miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.
I love you Grandma, I hope you have a beautiful reunion with Dad and Grandpa and the many other family members who love you. Rest In Peace and be happy now you are "home". All my love, Carla Crawford-Lawrence
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