Luella F. Crawford, 83, passed away Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at Mountain View Care Center in Bozeman.
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Luella was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Major County, Fairview, Oklahoma, the daughter of Fred Forest and Icy Kansas Wilson. She was their only child, but was blessed to be half sister to two half sisters and two half brothers. Because she was so much younger than the rest of the children, she was nicknamed "Babe." She attended country school then graduated high school in Fairview. On Jan. 16, 1946, Luella and Norman E. Crawford were married. They had been neighbors and family friends from childhood. While Norman was overseas during WWII, they wrote to each other. When he returned home, they dated for two years before getting married. In August 1947, they moved to Montana, working for a farmer in the Springhill area. In 1948 the first of four children was born. In 1954, Luella and Norman purchased property one and a half miles south of Manhattan. Luella lived there for 50 years, until 2006, when she then moved to the Churchill Retirement Home. She lived there for two years, then made her final move to the Mountain View Care Center in June 2008.
For many years, Luella was a member of the Dry Creek Bible Church. She looked forward to every Sunday, when she could be in fellowship with them and worship her Lord. She was a member of the Sweet Pea Rebecca Lodge #70 serving in all positions within the Lodge.
Luella loved her family dearly, always remembering them at their special times, birthdays, Christmas and other occasions. Her fondest times were spent with the grandchildren, playing games, or just being "Grandma" to them. Each year, she would look forward to Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter, when she knew that family would be gathered together and she would get to see them all. The past four years, she could hardly wait for the weekly visit from great-grandson Gavin. To see him galloping down the halls with his cowboy hat and stick horse never failed to make her smile. She loved him so and he loves his Gramma Lou. "I U." How proud and joyful he made her. He knows that Gramma Lou is now with God and the Angels in heaven and that she is happy.
Two children survive Luella: son, Lonnie (Collette) Crawford of Manhattan; daughter, Arletta (Jim) Derleth of Manhattan; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Crawford of Manhattan; sister-in-law, Frances Johnson of Enid, Okla.; Clarise McGinty of Letohatchee, Ala.
Twelve grand children: Jaime Derleth of Bozeman; Kancy Crawford of Bozeman;
Marcus Crawford of Manhattan; Tyler Crawford of Belgrade; Jake Crawford of Manhattan; Ashley (Ben) Wallace of Rogers, Ark.; Lynn Crawford of Manhattan; Ari Crawford of Manhattan; Rick (Gretchen) Crawford of Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Travis (Johanna) Crawford, England, USAF; Mark Crawford of Billings; and Elizabeth Crawford of San Jose, Calif.
Three great grand children: Gavin Derleth (Jaime); and Rhiannon Wallace
(Ashley and Ben); Kristofer Crawford (Rick and Gretchen).
Also surviving are two nieces and five nephews.
Luella was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Frances Weber and
Rosa Parker; brothers Henry and Mervin Carpenter; husband, Norman (1993); and two sons Geary (2009) and Donnie (2010).
Visitation and viewing will be from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Dry Creek Bible Church on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. The service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Garden.
Memorials may be made to the
K & L Mortuaries
107 Jefferson St, Sheridan
Sheridan, MT 59749
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2010