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Cora Belle "Belle" (Reed) Crosby-Stratton


1913 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Cora Belle "Belle" (Reed) Crosby-Stratton Obituary
Cora Belle Reed Crosby Stratton was born on May 7, 1913 to Clarence and Cora (Smith) Reed on the family homestead southwest of Akron, Colorado. She died on November 18, 2015, in the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron at the age of 102. She had three older brothers: Bernard, Dean, and Fred, all of whom preceded her in death. She attended Bellevue School about 1 ½ miles from home with her brothers until they were ready to start high school in Akron. Her mother rented a house in town during the school year, and she attended Akron Grade School after 4th grade, and graduated from Akron High School in 1930.
Belle then went to Greeley to Colorado Teachers College to get a teaching certificate, and taught two years before marrying Percy W. Crosby in 1933. They farmed for many years before buying the Shoe Repair and Tarp shop and moving to Akron in 1957, which they had until they retired. Their four surviving children are Donald (Carolyn) Crosby of Akron, Ronald (Janice) Crosby of Filer, Idaho, Phillip Crosby of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Helen Crosby of Canton, Illinois. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Robin Moore of Twin Falls, Idaho, Gary (Sandra) Crosby of Twin Falls, Julie (Danny) Hadley, and David Crosby, both of Filer, Idaho; Gerald (Susan) Crosby of Bahrain, Eric (Sherry) Crosby of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Laura (Joey) Ellis of Kempner, Texas. There are also 11 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Percy preceded her in death after 50 years of marriage. In 1986, Belle married Emmett Stratton of Choctaw, Oklahoma. Emmett also preceded her in death in 2001, but members of his family survive: Willa Knight of Bethany, OK, Alma (Robert) Yates of Commerce, TX; and Deanna Sparks of Choctaw, OK, as well as step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are many special friends and neighbors.
Belle was a kind, thoughtful, and loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a wonderful cook, and especially good bread baker. She loved being busy with her garden and flowers, as well as quilting, crocheting, knitting, doing plastic needlecraft, painting, and just about every craft she could find the materials for. She loved sharing the things she made with her family and friends. She was a long-time member of the Rago Home Extension Club. She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church for over 90 years, serving in many capacities, and she was an active member of the Dorcas Quilters at the church for many years.
Services held at the Akron Methodist Church at 10:30 on Monday, November 23, 2015, followed by a graveside service at the Akron Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Methodist Church, Senior Meals, or a .
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Nov. 25, 2015
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