Beatrice Ann (Bea) Crawford

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Beatrice (Bea) Ann
Crawford
Gaithersburg, MD - Beatrice (Bea) Ann Crawford, 78, of Gaithersburg, MD passed away on April 22nd 2014. She was born in San Francisco, CA August 11, 1935 to the late George and Helen Maude. As a native Californian, Bea spent her early life in the Bay Area. One summer she spent in New Mexico as a church youth advisor which she remembered fondly throughout her life. After graduating from San Jose State University, she took a teaching job in southern California. It was here that she met her late husband, Dr. Todd Crawford. The couple moved to Davis, CA and later to Livermore, CA. From there they moved to Aiken, South Carolina in 1972 where she lived for 40 years.
Bea returned to the classroom in Aiken County, eventually becoming a reading and math specialist for Title I children and earning her MA in Education from the Univ. of South Carolina. After her retirement, Bea remained active in the Mental Health Association and went on to chair the board for two counties. She also volunteered for the Human Rights Committee of the Department of Disabilities and was actively involved with Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Bea was a member of the Mended Hearts organization, visiting heart patients in the Aiken hospital. In 2012, Bea moved to Asbury Village, Gaithersburg, MD.
Bea was known for her smile, positive attitude and grace. She had a passion for making a difference in her community, gardening, reading, the beach, genealogy, and playing the piano. Most of all she cherished the time she spent with family and friends.
She is survived by her three children: Jill Crawford Ross of Darnestown, Mary-land; Craig Alan Crawford of Swansea, South Carolina and Bret Edward Crawford of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and her sister Betty Maude Janes of Mancos, Colorado. She is also survived by 5 Grandchildren - Christian, Grant, Cole, Hugh and Anna.
Blood transfusions were a constant part of Bea's life in her later years. The family welcomes others in joining them in "giving back" by donating blood regularly if able. Donations can also be made to 'The Todd and Bea Crawford Scholarship at USC-Aiken'.
A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at St John's Methodist Church in Aiken SC on Thursday, June 12th at 11:00 AM.
Pumphrey Funeral home: http://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituary
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on June 8, 2014