CRAWFORD, Marguerite E. Marguerite was born September 11, 1913 in Ruston, Louisiana and passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 2, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Jo Place; son-in-law, Eric Place; and the light of her life, her granddaughter, Jenna Place. Marguerite is also survived by two sisters, Helon Neeson (Grady) and Vivian Lowrey of Shreveport, Louisiana; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Melda Anderson of Allen, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Lorie Anderson, of Choctaw, Oklahoma. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Crawford; her mother and father, Sally and Jewel Anderson; three brothers, Jay, Herman and James Anderson; a sister, Aileen Mackey; and a brother-in-law, John L. Jones. Marguerite was the oldest of eight children. After promising her granddaughter she would live to be 100, she reached that milestone last September and was honored with a wonderful celebration at her church. She couldn't believe how much the world had changed since the times when she rode a horse to school with her brothers and watched silent movies for a nickel. Marguerite was a registered nurse for several years in California until she and her husband moved to Spokane in the early 1940's. They both had a love of horses and showed horses together. Eventually they had polo horses, then graduated into breeding, training, and racing thoroughbreds. They had many stand-out horses through the years but their most well-known was "Turbulator "- a horse that provided Marguerite with some of the most exciting times of her life. She was deeply saddened when Longacres and Playfair race tracks were closed. She was also a founding member of the charitable organization called "Suburbanites." They originally raised money and volunteered their time for the Children's Home Society. The organization still exists today, 55 years later. Marguerite lived a long, full life and will be dearly missed by family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99206. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marguerite's name to the Children's Home Society, 2323 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509) 747-4174.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2014