Lillie Crawford
1925 - 2021
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Lillie Rollins Crawford, our beautiful Mother, Grandmama, Grandmamamama, Sis and Aunt Eee, 95 years of age, peacefully slipped away from us in the early morning hours of February 16, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida.
She was born June 9, 1925 in Helicon, Winston County, Alabama to the late Robert Lee Rollins and Fairbie Ellen Clark Rollins. She graduated from Walker County High School, Jasper, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. She was employed as a reporter for The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper, Alabama before moving to Jacksonville in 1947 where she worked for Gulf Life Insurance Company and American General Life Insurance Company retiring in the early 80's. She was a member of West Jacksonville Advent Christian Church for 52 years before joining Island View Baptist Church of Orange Park on February 3, 2002.
Mother loved her family above everything and was always happiest when she was surrounded by them. She loved reading, genealogy and traveling. She enjoyed roaming through cemeteries and traveling to courthouses and libraries searching through files, books and dusty courthouse records for ancestors as much as she enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Scandinavia. Most trips she could always wiggle in some time for family research. She was the proud author of several family history books.
Mother was preceded in death by her husband Robert J. Crawford, sister Dorothy Richardson and brother Delmar Lee Rollins. She is survived by her daughter Jeanne (Carol) Stacy Carter and son Robert J. Crawford, Jr. of Jacksonville, grandsons Jason L. Carter (Trudy) of St. Petersburg, Robert J. Crawford, III of Jacksonville, great-granddaughter Catelyn Marie Crawford of St. Augustine, great-grandsons Ethan Mitchell Carter and Henry Leighton Carter of St. Petersburg, half-sister Dr. Linda Rollins and half-brother Robert Joseph Rollins (Lavelle) of Little Rock, Arkansas, special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mother's wish was to be cremated and her ashes spread so "I forever will be in sunlight and a gentle autumn rain." A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Published in Florida Times-Union from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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