Marian Williams Crenshaw
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Canton, OH
Marian Williams Crenshaw
Marian Williams Crenshaw was born in Canton Ohio October 15, 1925. The only daughter of the late Dr. Mantel Bert Williams and Pearl Benson Williams, both from South Carolina. Mrs. Crenshaw, who recently celebrated her 83rd birthday, died in her sleep Wednesday morning at the Canton Regency Retirement Community, her home for the last few months. She had retired from Hartford Middle School in 1995 after spending 46 years in the Canton School system. She then returned to her first career to teach music education at Walsh College, thus completing 50 years of education and service. After her retirement, Marian traveled extensively throughout the United States, and also to Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Forever the teacher, she encouraged every young person she encountered to develop a life plan, to work hard, to look inside themselves for the strength to overcome hardships and to give freely of their time and commitment to ensure the future of those who come behind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Clarence Crenshaw, Jr., and her son Mantel Bert. She is survived by a loving daughter, Kimberle Willams Crenshaw and her partner, Dr. Luke Charles Harris; devoted friends and caregivers, Roberta and Wayne Wilson; two sisters- in-law, Wanda Crenshaw and Dorcas Crenshaw Parham, her cousins Gloria Jones; Margaret Dixon, Lillian Martin and Deloris Washington, and three nephews, Walter, Scott, and Quantrell Parham; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of very special friends and generations of colleagues and students. There will be a private Omega-Omega service by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The calling hours are at Bethel CME Church on Sunday, November 23 from 6-9, and there will also be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Saint Paul AME Church on Monday, November 24th at 11 am.
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A woman of great inspiration to my life and I'll never forget you Mrs. Crenshaw.
Aaron Moss
May 29, 2013
Mrs. Crenshaw was one of a kind. She taught me about music, but more importantly, she taught me about life. She made a huge difference in school for me while at Hartford. There was a point when I hated school because of two teachers, Mrs Crenshaw figured it out because she knew me well. She had words with the teachers, and things got much better. She was a stern, but loving woman and mentor.
yvette lester (Boles)
December 5, 2008
Kim,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was truly an inspiration to all that were blessed to be touched by her presence. She will be missed.
Taviatha Jackson (James)
December 2, 2008
To Kim and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Ms. Crenshaw. She was truly a dynamic woman..I loved her passion and style for music. I will forever remember her being my choir teacher and choir director at Hartford. Kim you have my deepest sympathy. Continue to cherish the memories you shared with your mother. I pray that God continues to give you and your family strength and comfort for the days to come. May God Bless you all.
Tracie Freeman
December 2, 2008
Kim, I am so sorry for you loss. Mrs. Crenshaw introduced alot of us to music. I had the opportunity of being apart of one of her great ensemble at Hartford. She took us everywhere, and we were good. Even today if I am singing a song now, I can still here here saying you breath with your stomach not your nose.She inspired so many, I feel greatful to have been blessed by her touch in my life. My prayers are with you, Theresa
Theresa ( Burt) Harris
December 1, 2008
Having the pleasure of spending sometime with your mother, I seen that she was a strong and determined woman, when it came to profession music that was her life and she want to share it with all. It says alot of things for that person . My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. My God Bless you and your family.
Natalie Faye Graham (stevenson)
December 1, 2008
Mrs. Crenshaw, thank you for all you've done to show us what we're capable of with belief & hard work. You are missed.
Cameron Spencer
November 29, 2008
To Kim and family I am so sorry about your lost. Please know that God has wrapped his loving arms around your loved one and family. May God continue to keep you and family during this time.
Karen McLeod
November 29, 2008
Dear Kim:
We are deeply sorry to hear of Mrs. Crenshaw's passing. She was such an inspiration to our son and encouraged him to continue his music. When Criss died in 1997, he had written over 200 songs. He was fortunale enough to have met George Benson, all because of the encouragement recieved from Mrs. Crenshaw.

When Criss was in the 8th grade (1976), it was Mrs. Crenshaw who encouraged him to start the first band ensemble at Hartford school. We were so proud of him. Prior to this, Hartfaord did not have a jazz or rock band.

Mrs. Crenshaw has always been helpful to me. She so willingly shared her family history,and stories with me. She was so proud of you Kim. Many of her stories have been printed in the Repository. You may not know all of us, but, we all knew Mrs. Crenshaw. In this community, Mrs. Crenshaw is an icon, and a legend. She leaves us with a long legacy of fond memories and love.
She has touched many lives in this County. It is an honor to have known your mother.
Gerry Radcliffe
November 25, 2008
Kim,
I was so sorry to hear about your mother. Remembering how I so enjoyed having her as my homeroom teacher. May the love and prayers of all those that Mrs. Crenshaw had blessed, myself included, give you strength. How lucky she was to have had you in her life, and how blessed you were to have had her in your life.
God Bless you.
Clara Tavares-Rushin
November 24, 2008
with deepest sympathy......
Angeline Mayo Hall
November 24, 2008
Kimberle,
My deepest sympathy to you in your time of sorrow. Mrs. Crenshaw is a true legend and her legacy will continue to live on in the hundreds of students that she taught, nutured and inspired. I was one of them and am grateful that she always made me strive to be the best at whatever I attempted. Now she's an angel in Heaven to watch over us, and I 'm quite sure she is directing a choir there somewhere.
Joan Parker-Broome
November 24, 2008
Ms. Kimberle, your mother will be greatly missed. She has encouraged many members of my family. I will miss her greatly. Be blessed and comforted by the Peace of God that passeth all understanding.
Francine Butler
November 24, 2008
Mrs Crenshaw was a pillar in this community. She will be missed by many. I enjoyed her sharing her passion for music with me as a student. Kim my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Katrice Austin
November 24, 2008
The Crenshaw family,
May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time. Mrs. Crenshaw was loved by everyone she came in contact with. The continuity she provided in her classroom has continued throughout the generations. Mrs. Crenshaw taught me valuable life lessons that I have passed on to my child.........Thanks Mrs. Crenshaw....for everything.
tiana Clayton
November 24, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Cathy Waiters-McAlpine
November 24, 2008
Kim:
My mother and myself would like to extend out sympathy, thoughts, and prayers at at this time.
I remember multiply memories of your mother, first at a very strong but fair teacher, woman, and friend. I remember singing with your mother and father at the old Boys Club. They started off my solo career. Also teaching Mrs Crenshaw piano class in her absent at Hartford. Watching are lanch multitudes of students into world and love affair with music. I know she is up with heaven using her magnificant gift to bless the Lord for all enternity.
She was a woman of grace, high standards and vision, but will not soon be replaced. She will be surely missed , but never forgotten.
Mrs. Crenshaw was one of the sweet flower in the Lord flower arrangement that was so beautiful to behold. God Bless the family at this time. Mrs. Crenshaw blessed and impacted each and every one of us in the Canton community. This impact has spread over the entire country and world.
Kindly and prayfully submitted by Mrs. Dorothy A. Hall (Canton)and Dr. Timothy Hall (Rochester).
Dr. Timothy Hall
November 23, 2008
Mrs. Crenshaw had a great impact on my entire family. She will be greatly missed.
Ericka Ede
November 23, 2008
Kim:
Your family has so many positive influences that you may never even know. This includes your father, mother, brother and yourself. And the influences have not stopped - the legacy goes on. Please come by whenever you'd like - even if just to rest.

Love you always and blessings to you my dear friend, mentor and soror.
Jeaneen MCDANIELS
November 23, 2008
Kim, I was deeply saddened to see that your Mom had passed, I had the utmost respect for her and she was one of my mentors and I loved her dearly. Mrs. C as I called her will be missed, but never forgotten, my prayers go out to you and your family.
Larry Clayton
November 23, 2008
I am so sorry to hear that God's angel, sent to share a little bit of heaven on earth, has been called back home. I feared, loved and respected her. She was a mother and a role model to all. Mrs. Crenshaw made me want to be a better person. She taught me to celebrate what life had to offer instead of allowing my circumstances to determine my future. She took the time not only to cultivate my love of music, but the whole person. I am grateful for her life and pray that her legacy lives on.
Telesea Dukes-Everett
November 23, 2008
Mrs. Crenshaw was an extraordinary lady. May she rest in peace and may her family and friends find comfort in their memories.
Jenny Podis-Wells
November 23, 2008
Arqulia (Jackson)Bowers
November 23, 2008
To The Family of Mrs. Marian Crenshaw:

Myself and many other students will always remember Mrs. Crenshaw. She was a woman of intelligence, strength, class, and sophistication. She was a "one-of-a kind" educator. My interest in music was greatly influenced by her. She challenged all of her students by introducing them to musical legends such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and many others. Mrs. Crenshaw's teaching was stern yet she showed a particular interest in her students and sincerity in her methods that most students gladly accepted. I believe she really loved all of us. She taught discipline and responsibility with a lasting effect that stretched far beyond the walls of the music room. I am proud and blessed to have known such a great leader of the Canton community. Mrs. Crenshaw used music to teach and inspire many young minds. Her influence taught us to look beyond ourselves and our struggles in order to see a vast horizon of possibilities. We love you Mrs. Crenshaw and will always remember you...

One of your humble students,
Daniel L. Preacher
Daniel Preacher
November 23, 2008
Dear Kim, We want to express our deepest sympathy on the death of your mother. She was a great woman and a leader in this community.
Board of the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Frank Beane,Chairman
Cherrie Turner, Vice-Chairman
Cherrie Turner
November 23, 2008
Kim my thoughts and prayers are with you. May the days ahead be filled with the beautiful memories you made with her.
Georgia B Strickland
November 23, 2008
Kim, I am grieved to learn of your mother's death. I marvelled at her ability to reach and teach those around her. Though my opportunity to speak with her was brief, I remember wondering and wanting to ask her what she did to turn her daughter into both a doctor and a lawyer. In reading the GuestBook, I see that her influences are forever far-reaching. May the sweet Holy Spirit cradle you in his arms through this midnight hour and usher you through this midnight hour gingely and expeditiously.
Pamela Johnson
November 22, 2008
Kim, Our prayers are with you and please know how very much you're thought about with sympathy, warm friendship, and sisterly love.
Stark County Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta,Inc.
November 22, 2008
Kim and Family,
Your mother will always be missed because she was a legend; a phenomenal educator, a mentor, and a sophisticated lady! You were blessed to have her as a mother and the memories you have of her will continue when the music stops. Mrs. Crenshaw touched many lives in a positive way and we thank God for her. We are praying for you. Quentin & Cynthia Moore and the Dunivants
Moore/Dunivant
November 22, 2008
Kim,
The legacy of your mother will long be remembered by many. Her confidence and straight talk made every student that encountered her, move a little faster, think clearer and strive to be a better person. I am greatful for the opportunity to have known her and your father. May her memory always bring you great pride and pleasure.

Michelle Webb-Zachary
Michelle Webb-Zachary
November 22, 2008
Mrs. Crenshaw you will be sadly missed but never forgotten. God Bless your family.
Trina Waiters-Pierce
November 22, 2008
Kim,
May your precious memories guide you through the difficult days ahead. May you continue to embrace God during this time period.
As you have lost a wonderful Mother, Canton has lost one of it's finest citizens. Mrs. Crenshaw encouraged children but she was also a role model for adults as how to live a great life. She was always a dignified lady that many learned more than music. Her shining smile will truly be missed.
Sandra Stephens-Ingram
November 22, 2008
Kimberly,

I was saddened to hear Mrs. Crenshaw had passed. She was a women of great strength, an awesome role model and an educator like no other. My prayers go out to you and the family.
Rhonda (Rice) Johnson
November 22, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Nancy Louise Tucker
November 22, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Stark County Alumnae Chapter
November 22, 2008
KIMBERLY,MY DEEPEST THOUGHTS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,MRS.CRENSHAW WAS A WONDERFUL TEACHER WE ALL LOVED HER DEARLY.
JUAWONA MITCHELL
November 22, 2008
To Crenshaw Family. We the Hubbard's would like to give our deepest sympathy during this time. Mrs. Crenshaw was like family to our family.She was neighbors to two Narciss,Denise Hubbard until their untimely passing.She was truely a great person whether in the Freedom and 3rd St. community or at Hartford school. This is truely a celebration of life for a wonderful person who touched many lives young or old. Celebrate with great memories. GOD BLESS YOU! The entire HUBBARD FAMILY.
Lolita Bryant
November 22, 2008
Kim:
Words cannot begin to express my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be in touch.
Marcia Adams
November 22, 2008
Ms. Crenshaw was a family friend, a mentor to my sister Tina, my teacher in school and for piano lessons. I celebrate her life with you love Sandra Meeks Page
Sandra Page
November 22, 2008
Ms. Kimberle and Family,

Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of a very special lady. Mrs. Crenshaw will always be remembered and never forgotten. May God comfort you during this very difficult time.

God Bless.
Georgia Daniels and Family, Canton, OH
Charlena Daniels-Wood
November 22, 2008
Kimberley and family,
This community will always have lasting memories of Mrs. Creshaw. She was a teacher who we knew genuinely cared about us and our future. She instilled in us to always act like a lady, pushed us to do our best and present ourselves in a positive manner at all times. She was a very special woman; she will always be respected and admired for caring for all of us. You will remain in my thoughts a prayers as you celebrate her life; and what a life to celebrate!
kimberly (Taylor) Brown
November 22, 2008
Ms. Kimberle Crenshaw:

I was sadden to learn of Mrs. Crenshaw's passing my sincer condolences are extended to you and your family. Mrs. Crenshaw(Coppoc) was my teacher at Lathrop Elementary School from the 5-8 grades. I was blessed to have had such a dedicated educator as your mom. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Crenshaw during my elementary school days. I last saw and spoke to Mrs. Crenshaw in Canton in 1994 at a reunion of school friends. God Bless.

Odessa Williams Burroughs
Odessa Williams Burroughs
November 22, 2008
MRS. CRENSHAW WILL GREATLY BE REMEMBERED SHE HAD A PASSION FOR MUSIC.....
Eartha Armstrongbeasley
November 22, 2008
Kimberley and Family,

I was saddened when the realization of Ms. Marion' passing came into my thoughts. She was one of the few people that had a positive impact on my life. I remember growing up as a child and being excited about spending time in your home with you and her. I enjoyed being able to touch the piano (because I couldn't play). I enjoyed the special snacks that she prepared for us. I enjoyed the kindness and the genuiness of the love she showed. It was like being at home. There were not many people who could make you feel at home, and loved like you were a child of their own. But Mom Marion did it without even trying. Kim you are blessed with a wonderful mother, mentor, and friend. I want to thank you for sharing her with me when we were just two little girls. The morals and values that she taught me has helped guide me throughout life. And I am using them to guide my child in her life journey. God Bless You All
Anita Robinson-Muhammad
Anita Robinson-Muhammad
November 22, 2008
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, MY CHILDREN HAD THIS GREAT WOMAN IN SCHOOL AND SHE GAVE THEM ALL SHE HAD TO GET ALL THEY HAD, SHE WILL BE REALLY MISSED BUT SHE WILL BE FOREVER LOVED. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU
CONNIE ALSTON & CHILDREN
November 22, 2008
My favorite teacher;she said who ever your mother and father is at some point in your life you are responsible for you.
JOHN BUSH
November 22, 2008
My memory of Mrs Chrenshaw began many many years ago when I walked over the hill on Freedom Ave to her home for my Saturday piano lessons. She was my first and most formidable piano teacher. I continued to have her musical inspiration as I attended Hartford middle school and sang in the Canton Police Boys Club choir under the direction of her husband Mr. Chrenshaw.

Of my 40-years in the musical field, I can truly credit Mrs. Chrenshaw with planting roots of determination to be the best musician I could be. I will always fondly remember and give thanks when I think of her many years of community service to all that crossed her path.

Kimberle, may God grant you the strength and courage to not mourn but celebrate the life your mother lead and bask in the knowledge that you will see her again on the other side.
Timothy Frazier
November 22, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
The Tuck Family
November 22, 2008
Kimberle
We are so sorry to hear of your lost..May God keep you and your Family
The Raine Family
November 22, 2008
My condolences to the Crenshaw family, I was a student at Hartford Middle School, I had the priviledge of having Mrs. Crenshaw for choir. Her knowledge and instruction of music, has been passed on from generation to generation and can be heard within many different churches throughout our communities. She is definitely a legend in my heart and proud to say my voice!!
Vivian Mayle (Hampton)
November 22, 2008
My condolances to the Crenshaw family. Mrs. Crenshaw was truly an inspiration.
JANICE DICKEY
November 21, 2008
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Rhoden Memorial Home
November 22, 2008
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