Mar­i­anames Croas­dale

Public Spirit - - OPINION -

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

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