BURLINGTON - Margaret Ihrie Crawford of Burlington, 89, died Thursday, April 25, 2013 surrounded by family.
The funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church of Elon on Monday, April 29 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Sexton officiating. There will be a reception following the service in the narthex of the church.
Margaret was born in Zebulon, N.C., to the late Mabel and John Ihrie.
For many years Margaret was a member of Davis Street UMC, where she was a member of the Golden Rule Sunday School Class and where her children were nurtured in their faith. Upon moving to Elon she joined First UMC of Elon, where she enjoyed the fellowship of the Wesleyan Sunday School Class.
Margaret had many loves. First and foremost were her children and grandchildren. They will hold dear her numerous stories, but more importantly, the many lessons she taught them about God and life. Margaret not only nurtured her children's souls in the faith, but she nurtured them by showing each one that they were important to her. She did this by acts as simple as preparing their favorite dishes for family holidays and get-togethers. Each child and grandchild had their favorite food and it appeared at those special meals.
Part of Margaret's faith was living and working with her hands in God's creation. She was an avid gardener of flowers and at one time had 221 varieties of Iris.
Margaret worked for many years in women's fashion, first at Sellars Dept. Store in downtown Burlington and then for years at Sears. She found such joy in working with her colleagues and the public that she attempted to retire twice before finally retiring in 1996.
She is survived by her devoted children, Richard Crawford and wife Mary of Orangeburg, S.C.; the Rev. Brenda Walton of Durham and Sharon Driver of Durham; six grandchildren, Lindsay Crawford Fender, Zaak Walton, Betsy Driver Gates, Beth Crawford Warren, Lori Driver Russell and Stephanie Driver; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Pearce, Edward Ihrie, Virginia Maxwell, Hazel Horner and George Ihrie.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Henry; brother, John Ihrie; and grandson, Dr. Brant Walton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home Health and Hospice of Alamance, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or First United Methodist Church of Elon, 1630 Westbrook Ave., Elon, NC 27244.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at The Oaks of Alamance for the care and special attention they offered our Mother in her last year and Home Health and Hospice of Alamance for their care and support and to her friends. A special 'thank you' to Barbara and Debbie, who watched over her and offered their love in their visits.
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com