Mary Elinor Allen Crigler
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Funeral services will be held for Mary Elinor Allen Crigler, 91, at St. Joseph Baptist Church on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Joseph L. Odenwald officiating. Interment will follow at Legion Memorial Cemetery, Newellton, LA under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church fellowship hall before the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Mary Elinor Allen Crigler was born on October 30, 1922 in Newellton, Louisiana, and died on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at her home in St. Joseph. She was a graduate of Louisiana State University and completed post graduate courses at the University of Texas and University of Mississippi. While at LSU, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She married her husband, James Carpenter Crigler ("Jimmie"), on January 22, 1944, while he was on leave before deployment to Europe with the Third Army. After his return, they moved to Oxford, Mississippi where he attended law school and she graduate school at Ole Miss. After finishing school, they moved to her family farm, Sunnyside Plantation, in St. Joseph where he farmed and she tended to their six children. She bravely overcame the death of her second child, Chuck, in a tragic accident.
Her life revolved around her family, their education, and St. Joseph Baptist Church, where she was a life-long member and Sunday School teacher. She and Jimmie enjoyed playing bridge with a group of friends who came back to Tensas Parish after World War II and she also enjoyed playing in a ladies' bridge club. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the St. Joseph Cosmopolitan Club. She was a faithful supporter of academic and athletic programs at Davidson High School and Tensas Academy. She and Jimmie spent many an evening watching their sons and grandchildren play various sports. They also enjoyed traveling the world together. Mary Elinor was very interested in genealogy and was able to trace her ancestry back many generations.
Although Mary Elinor said she wasn't a good cook, she provided great meals for her large family and saw to it that all sat down to supper. Her family had a hard time knowing when she was sick because she would never admit to feeling bad. She was a stickler for proper English and gently corrected her family members when they misused the language.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles B. Allen and Viola Durham Allen Bufkin; her step-father, Bruce Bufkin; her sisters, Barbara Allen Bagley and Margery Allen Berwick; her son, Charles Allen Crigler; her niece, Kathryn Berwick; and her nephew, Lee Berwick, Jr.
She is survived by her husband of over 70 years, James Carpenter Crigler; sons: James C. Crigler, Jr. and wife Mullady; John D. Crigler and wife Karen; William S. Crigler and wife Julie; Allen S. Crigler and wife Betsy; and Robert Shep Crigler; Grandchildren: Kate Besselman (Tommy); James C. Crigler, III (Christel); Ginny Anderson (Casey); Ellie Axford (Tommy); John D. Crigler, Jr. (Carly); David Crigler (Mary Kathryn); Kathryn Cran (John); William S. Crigler, Jr.; Ross Crigler; Allen Scott Crigler, Jr. (Farrar); Thomas Crigler; Mary Elizabeth Crigler; Ruth Crigler; Alex Crigler; Robert Crigler and Spencer Crigler; Great grandchildren: Thomas Besselman, Isabelle Besselman, James C. Crigler IV, Audrey Crigler, Joseph Anderson, Ally Axford,; Mary Elinor Axford, Annie Axford, John Durham Crigler, III; Camille Crigler, Julia Crigler, Caroline Crigler, Henry Cran, Scott Cran, and Roarke Brown; and life-long friend, Hazel Green DeWitt.
Pallbearers will be James C. Crigler, III, John D. Crigler, Jr., David Crigler, William S. Crigler, Jr, Allen Scott Crigler, Jr., Thomas Crigler, Alex Crigler and Robert Crigler.
The family thanks Joyi Clark, Mary Lee Nicholas, Faith Rollins and Aletha Carter for their loving care and Cynthia Sloane of Tensas Home Health and Renee Todd and the staff of TLC Hospice Care for their caring and expert attention.
Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home
Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home
2 Crothers Dr
Tallulah, LA 71282
Published in The News Star on Apr. 17, 2014