Mary Catherine Dahlgran Crawford, the only child born to Annas and Anna Williamson Dahlgran, was born September 19, 1918 and passed away July 20, 2013 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She lived there for three and one-half years and really enjoyed the home and all the staff.
To her mother’s dismay, Catherine learned to play the violin instead of learning to play the piano which her mother taught lessons. After graduation at Riverton school, Catherine went to work as a secretary of the Sidney, Iowa school board. Sidney is where she met her future husband.
On November 23, 1941, Bill and Catherine eloped in Rockport, Missouri. The following year they moved to Mount Ayr so Catherine could live with her parents while Bill went into the service.
On September 10, 1942, their first child, Donald LeRoy, was born at her parents’ farm south of town. Later Larry Eugene, Ann, John Edward, Harold Dean, Bernard Francis, Robert Michael, Rosemary and Doris Marie finished out the family. Besides raising her family, she also raised a big garden, canning quart after quart of produce and jellies. Catherine enjoyed following all the activities her children and grandchildren were involved in.
She was a very active member of the Mount Ayr American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed a ladies country neighborhood club that met every month for 60 years. An afternoon enjoyment was having coffee with the 2 o’clock coffee club.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, of 59 years; parents; parents-in-law; an infant son, Robert; sons-in-law, Jerry Schlapia and William Beech; grandson, Kendall Crawford; four brothers-in-law, and five sisters-in-law.
Left to cherish many memories are Donald (Cham) of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Larry (Marlene) of Indianola, Iowa, Ann of Des Moines, Iowa, John (Donna) of Orange City, Iowa and from Mount Ayr, Harold (Melynda), Bernard (Marla), Rosemary (Jim) Hullinger and Doris; 13 grandchildren, Christina (Mike) Nichols of Hutchinson, Kansas, Cherish (Bill) Wentroth of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Chawnte’ (Justin) Sober of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Kim (Keith) Davis of Corydon, Iowa, Kendra (Don) Minks of Indianola, Iowa, Ryan (Kelley) Crawford of Hull, Iowa, Melissa (Lance) Baatz of Windsor, Colorado, Michelle Larson of Des Moines, Iowa, Jennifer (Brian) Quick of Huxley, Iowa, Samantha Crawford of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Jordan Crawford of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Judi (Travis) Shaha of Mount Ayr, Iowa; 20 great-grandchildren, Katie and Bobby Schrag of Hutchinson, Kansas, Jace and Jenna Sober of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Riley and Devyn Davis of Corydon, Iowa, Morgan and Max Minks of Indianola, Iowa, Haley, Braylen and Kinley Crawford of Hull, Iowa, Ellie, Trey and Mia Baatz of Windsor, Colorado, Kyler and Kolby Larson of Des Moines, Iowa, Chad and Rebecca Quick of Huxley, Iowa and Bryce and Brock Shaha of Mount Ayr, Iowa; cousins; nieces and nephews, and special family friend, Jean Smith.
Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Health Care Center, American Legion Auxiliary and HCI Care Services of Mount Ayr. Watson-Armstrong Funeral home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, with Rev. Skip Rushing officiating. Organist was Nancy Sackett with soloist Debbie Cannon.
Casket bearers included Ryan Crawford, Keith Davis, Jordan Crawford, Brian Quick, Justin Sober, Lance Baatz, Bill Wentroth, Travis Shaha, Mike Nichols, Kyler Larson, Don Minks and Kolby Larson.
Honorary pallbearers were Steve Williamson, Jim Ward, Darlene Irving, David Irving, Jim Williamson, Doris Hannon and Greg Olenius. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.