At the age of 98, with family by her side, Marian Ames Croasdale went home peacefully to her Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday April 10, 2013. She was born on a snowy January day in 1915 at the Somerton home of her parents, Marian and John Edward Murray, where the doctor arrived by sleigh.
The fourth of six children, she is survived by her youngest sister, Ruth Beasley of Huntsville, Ala. Marian was happily married to her Lower Moreland High School sweetheart, the late Walter “Tip” Croasdale, for 4T years. She was the beloved and loving mother of Shirley (Dave) Leith and Linda (Alan) Eickhoff; grandmother of Kimberly (Winston) Smith, Kristen (Korey) kewton, Rebecca (Jonathan) Kummery and Jeffrey (Ashley) Eickhoff; and great-grandmother to Gresham, Sydney and Charlotte Smith, Justin, Savannah and Kelsey kewton, Sarah and William Kummery, and April and Evan Eickhoff. She was known as “kana” to everyone.
Although she never described it as one, Marian’s work to be sure no one “went hungry” was her mission. When the Acme advertised a BOGO sale, it didn’t mean Buy One-Get One to her. It meant Buy One- Give One. Over the years she donated hundreds of food items to Carmel Presbyterian Church where she was a faithful member for more than T4 years. Marian was a kind and generous woman who always thought about others before herself. She was known as a wonderful cook and happily prepared countless delicious meals, whistling while she worked, for four generations of family who gathered around her dining room table or on her front porch. Her “little kitchen” was the room she missed most when failing health meant moving to the Souderton Mennonite Home where she was cared for with great compassion.
Throughout her life, Marian not only nourished friends, family, and strangers with food for their bodies, but also unknowingly nourished their souls by freely sharing her gifts of faith, hope and love with