CROTTS, Lori Lee 53, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 31, 2013 at home after a yearlong and courageous battle with cancer. Lori, was born on Feb. 9, 1959 in Racine, WI to Richard and Beverly Seitz. Having obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and later, her Masters' degree from USF in education, Lori relished her many years working as an elementary school teacher. Her career culminated in 1990 when she was honored as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Educators in Pinellas County, following which she focused on teaching and raising her own children as a stay at home mom. Lori moved to Florida in 1985 where she met and married her husband of 26 years, Troy Crotts. They had three beautiful children, Jake (21), Billy (18) and Susannah (16), who Lori loved and cherished from their first breaths to her last. She was blessed with a beautiful smile, a positive outlook and many loving friends from her teaching days, book club of 14 years, children's sports teams and gym. She cherished her friends, many pets, music, exercise and laughter. Lori is survived by her husband and children, along with her father, Dick; brother, Rick and devoted and loving sister, Lana. While she was taken too soon, she lived more in her shortened life than most do in a normal lifetime. A quote that perhaps described her best is that "Some people let life happen to them, while others make life happen". Lori made life happen! There will be a 4 pm service honoring Lori at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 4545 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lori's name to SPCA Tampa Bay-9099 130th Ave. N., Largo, FL 33773 or online at www.spcafl.org. Anderson McQueen Funeral Home 727-822-2059
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 2, 2013