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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Published by The Repository or The Independent on Nov. 22, 2008.