Houston, TEXAS - Fanchon "Fannie" Hathaway Milne Crawley passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, just three weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday. Fannie was preceded in death by her father and mother, John and Fanchon Milne; husband, Wes Crawley; sister, Margaret "Mag" Milne Ivins; and brother, John Milne.
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Fannie was born and raised in Evanston, Ill. She attended Whitman College and graduated from the University of Michigan. During World War II, Fannie joined the United States Army Air Forces to teach pilots how to operate flight instrumentation. After the War and while visiting a friend in Tucson, Ariz., Fannie met a fellow United States Army Air Forces veteran who turned out to be the man she would spend the next 40 years with, Wes "Bud" Crawley. After marrying, Fannie and Bud moved to Eugene, Ore. where Bud received his master's degree in art. While in Eugene, Fannie helped put Bud through graduate school by working for the Department of Social Services. Bud later accepted a position as Art Professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.. Once in Greenville, Fannie took a position with the Children's Home Society of North Carolina where she spent the next 25 years, starting as a caseworker and retiring as a regional supervisor. Fannie spent those years finding forever homes for countless children in need and she never ceased to be amazed by the love and generosity of those parents willing to open their homes, especially those parents willing to take in children with special needs and most particularly those willing to take children with heartbreaking conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis. Fannie spent her declining years in Mount Pleasant, S.C. and The Woodlands, to be closer to her two sons.
Fannie was both a modern feminist and an advocate of old world formality and etiquette. She loved opera, fine art, fine dining, playing bridge, knitting and watching the Atlanta Braves.
Fannie is survived by her two sons, John and Jim; and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and anybody who had the chance to know her.
The family would very much like to thank Franke's at Seaside and The Village at the Woodlands for their compassionate and excellent care of Fannie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Home Society of N.C., Lutheran Homes of S.C., or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 16, 2013