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Marian Ames Croasdale At the age of 98, with family by her side, Marian Ames Croasdale went home peacefully to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday April 10th, 2013. She was born on a snowy January day in 1915 at the Somerton home of her parents, Marian and John Edward Murray, where the doctor arrived by sleigh. The 4th of six children, she is survived by her youngest sister, Ruth Beasley of Huntsville, Alabama. Marian was happily married to her Lower Moreland High School sweetheart, the late Walter "Tip" Croasdale, for 47 years. She was the beloved and loving mother of Shirley (Dave) Leith and Linda (Alan) Eickhoff; grandmother of Kimberly (Winston) Smith, Kristen (Korey) Newton, Rebecca (Jonathan) Kummery, and Jeffrey (Ashley) Eickhoff; and great-grandmother to Gresham, Sydney, and Charlotte Smith, Justin, Savannah, and Kelsey Newton, Sarah and William Kummery, and April and Evan Eickhoff. She was known as "Nana" to everyone. Although she never described it as one, Marian's work to be sure no one "went hungry" was her mission. When the Acme advertised a BOGO sale, it didn't mean Buy One-Get One to her. It meant Buy One- Give One. Over the years she donated hundreds of food items to Carmel Presbyterian Church where she was a faithful member for more than 74 years. Marian was a kind and generous woman who always thought about others before herself. She was known as a wonderful cook and happily prepared countless delicious meals, whistling while she worked, for 4 generations of family who gathered around her dining room table or on her front porch. Her "little kitchen" was the room she missed most when failing health meant moving to The Souderton Mennonite Home where she was cared for with great compassion. Throughout her life, Marian not only nourished friends, family, and strangers with food for their bodies, but also unknowingly nourished their souls by freely sharing her gifts of faith, hope, and love with all she met on her long life's journey. It is comforting to know that she rests now and for all time in the peace of Christ. Services will be held on Monday, April 22nd at All Hallows Episcopal Church, 262 Bent Road, Wyncote, Pa. 19095. Visitation with family will be from 9:30am until 10:30am when Marian's Memorial Service begins, followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Park. For those who wish to make a donation in Marian's name, the family requests consideration of memorial contributions to Living Branches Foundation, Souderton Mennonite Home Agape Fund, 207 West Summit St., Souderton, Pa., 18964 or to All Hallows Episcopal Church at the address above. Arrangements by William R. May Funeral Home Glenside ~ North Wales (www.mayfuneralhome.com)

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Apr. 18, 2013
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