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Doris M. Crockford

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ESSEX Doris M. Crockford, 81, of the Pinnacle area near Essex, died of cancer Tuesday Oct. 9, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. today at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Columbia Falls. Burial of cremated remains is in St. Richard's Cemetery, Columbia Falls. Columbia Mortuary is handling arrangements.

She was born Nov. 29, 1930, in Los Angeles to Thomas and Leora Lindsay Driscoll. She was reared in Los Angeles, where she attended St. Agnes Catholic schools, graduating in 1948. She married William R. "Bill" Crockford in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 1950. Following his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, they moved to Shelby, briefly returning to Southern California in 1952 before settling again in Shelby that year. They later moved to Cut Bank then to Fort Benton, where they lived for about 18 years.

During their years in Fort Benton, she was active in the PTA, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the local community theater group and in various other volunteer endeavors. In June 1973, the family returned to Cut Bank, where they lived for 23 years.

In Cut Bank, she was active in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, the school parents' organization and the Cursillos in Christianity movement and had various other volunteer affiliations. She also worked at Glacier County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home in Cut Bank, first as a volunteer and later as the activity director.

In 1996, following the high school graduation of their youngest daughter, she and Bill moved to the family cabin at Pinnacle, west of Essex, where they lived together until his death in November 2007. She had been a member of St. Richard's Catholic Church for the past 16 years.

She was an avid reader and lifelong learner, particularly in regard to matters relating to her Catholic faith. As a homemaker, she set high standards for her children that continue to ensure their success in life.

Mrs. Crockford is survived by sons Dick Crockford and his wife Debbie of Dillon, Tom Crockford and his wife Gina of Boise, Paul Crockford and his wife Shirley of Shelby, Patrick Crockford and his wife Veronica of Lemoore, Calif., and Christopher Crockford of Billings; daughters Theresa Norman and her husband Matt of Great Falls, Mary Ellen Crockford of Helena and Mary Crockford of Missoula; sisters Patricia Carlson of Long Beach, Calif., and Margaret Rickey of Petaluma, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and an infant twin brother.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 12, 2012
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