Mrs. Emma Ilene (Barnett) Crawford
1927 - 2021
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Emma Ilene Barnett Crawford, 94, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Indiana, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, April 18, 2021, following a period of declining health.

She was born January 29, 1927 on the family farm in Porter Township, Clarion County.

Ilene graduated from New Bethlehem High School in 1945.

She worked in Pittsburgh for two years, and then returned to New Bethlehem where she met and married her husband, Bob, in 1948.

Mrs. Crawford was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana, participating in many committees and activities.

For more than 20 years, her sewing circle made thousands of patchwork blankets for the American Red Cross and for new babies in the congregation.

She volunteered for Indiana Meals on Wheels for 40 years, and spent many years working for her husband.

Mrs. Crawford served for 32 years as a White Township election poll worker, often laughing about her part-time employment of two days each year.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, sewing, doing needlework, gardening, growing strawberries, listening to music, doing Sudoku puzzles and cheering on the Steelers and Pirates.

Survivors include her children, Robert P. Crawford II (Lisa) of Lakeside, Calif.; Julie Kmick (Robert) of Pittsburgh; David Crawford (Jane) of Overland Park, Kan.; her grandchildren, Erin Cooper (James), Adam Kmick (Evelyn), Cesar Hahn-soler and Star Crawford; great-grandchildren, Quincy, Sullivan and Hattie Cooper; the many members of her extended family; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Parker Barnett and Eva Stewart Barnett; her husband of 72 years, Robert Paul Crawford, who died on April 10, 2020; four sisters and two brothers, Marie McEwen, Irene Magness, Harriet Shoemaker Reichard, Maxine Wolcott, Joseph Barnett and Byron Barnett.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Asbury Villas and the staff of Family Hospice for their tender care of their loved one.

Funeral services are being conducted privately for the family.

Arrangements are at the direction of the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana.

Online condolences may be made at www.rbfh.net.

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Published in The Leader Vindicator from Apr. 22 to May 6, 2021.
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