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Doris Crouse

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Macomb - Doris I. Crouse, 98, of Macomb, Ill., passed away at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born July 14, 1914, in Vermont, Ill., to Linneaus David and Ethel Rebecca Cox Miller. She married Marion W. Crouse on Nov. 15, 1934. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lloyd E. Miller.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Anne (Jack) Donovan of Bayboro, N.C., Jacquelyne (Bill) Callahan of Blandinsville, Ill., and Linda Joy (Frank) Plena of Pocatello, Idaho; two sons, David A. (Sara) Crouse of Omaha, Neb., and Robert James (Tiara) Crouse of Phoenix, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Loyal D. Miller of Peoria, Ill.

She was raised in and around the Vermont, Ill., area and was valedictorian of the 1932 graduating class in Vermont.

After graduating, she went to work as a "nanny" for an English family in Chicago. While in Chicago, she reconnected with Marion Crouse, a 1930 graduate of Vermont High School, whose family lived across the street from her own family. He was serving as a corporal in the U.S. Army horse cavalry with the color guard for the 1932 Chicago World Exposition. They married in Waukegan, Ill., and she spent the next many years as an "Army wife." They moved with their growing family all over the U.S. and to Germany and Japan.

During the war, Marion became an officer, and he eventually retired as a full colonel in 1956, when they moved to Macomb to be near their extended families in the Vermont area.

She worked for several years at Henkel's on the north side of the square and was active in many local service groups: American Red Cross, American Legion Auxiliary, McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary, Grandmother's Club, Women's Club and several bridge clubs. She was named Woman of the Year by the Macomb Women's Club in 1994.

Marion died in 1986, and she continued to live in Macomb with her mother, Ethel Miller, who died when she was 99 years old in 1991. She moved to Wesley Village Apartments in October 1994, eventually residing in the Wesley Village Health Care Center about two years ago.

Since she turned 90, her birthdays have typically been celebrated in a summer gathering of her large family and close friends on the farm of her daughter "Jackie," who lives with her husband, Bill, near Blandinsville.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the Vermont Methodist Church in Vermont, Ill. The Rev. Robert Greene will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Vermont Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Village Benevolent Fund or McDonough County Red Cross.

Please sign the guest book or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 2, 2012
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