Florean E. Dearth Crawford
Florean passed away on December 18, 2013 in her room at Harbor Terrace, San Pedro, CA. Florean touched many people in her life through her rare gifts of kindness, integrity, intelligence, and sense of humor, and is sorely missed. Born in Kansas in 1921, she moved with her parents to California at the age of two; and to El Segundo at the age of three. She graduated from El Segundo High School in 1940. While raising her two small children, Peggie and Bud, Florean attended USC and received her degree in Dental Hygiene. She was passionately dedicated to the dental health of children and worked for 18 years in the Redondo Beach City Schools as the school Dental Hygienist. During this time she began teaching Public Dental Health to future dental hygienists at USC and ended her working career as a lecturer at USC in the School of Dental Hygiene. She was an active member of the Southern California Dental Hygienists Association serving as the editor of their Journal and also the Association's President.
Upon retirement, Florean and her husband Fred Crawford (deceased) moved to Mesa, AZ to be closer to her son Bud and daughter-in-law Judy. Florean spent her retirement years traveling, gardening, creating stained glass, knitting and volunteering at the Mesa Southwest Museum, and enjoying family activities with Bud and Judy, Peggie and Jack and their families. Florean spent her last few years living at Harbor Terrace in San Pedro where, in the culture of kindness, she was surrounded by the loving attentions and care of the Harbor Terrace staff and her extraordinary caregivers Sandra Marquez, Julia Quezada, Irma Lechuga and Maria Orozco. She became Mama and Grandma Flo to them and to their children. Our Mom taught us all to be grateful, to appreciate the joys of daily life and to embrace and learn from the diverse cultures we are privileged to live alongside in Southern California. "Learn something new every day" and "Do something to make the world a better place" were some of her instructions to us. She continues to teach us through her sunny attitude and the sense of humor that she displayed to the last day of her life. Florean is survived by her daughter Peggie and son-in-law Jack Wormington of Rancho Palos Verdes, her daughter-in-law, Judy Bowden of Bermuda Dunes, CA, and step-children, Fred Crawford (Skip), Manhattan Beach, Dennis Crawford, El Segundo, and Jerry Crawford, El Segundo. Her son, Bud Bowden, passed away in 2005. Her 7 grandchildren: Catherine, John Daniel, Tricia, Eric, Brett, Casey and Buffy (deceased) and 8 great grandchildren Casey, Scott, Abby, Sarah, Nate, Dexter, Dashiel and Poppy will miss her generous and loving ways. Burial will be at Green Hills Cemetery at 11 am on Friday December 27; a luncheon celebrating Florean's life will be held at Peggie's home in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be directed to Smiletrain.org, PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231. You are welcomed to leave the family a message or share memories at mcnerneysmortuary.com
Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2013