Loretta CrawfordOctober 26, 2017
Loretta Ann Crawford, 86, Kansas City, Kan. passed away quietly on October 26, 2017. She was a beautiful Mother, a favorite Aunt and sweet, cherished friend.
Visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 5 at Butler Meyers Funeral Home, 6300 Parallel Pkwy, KCK. Catholic Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Mon., Nov. 6 at Christ the King Parish, 3024 N. 53rd Street KCK, where she was a devoted member for 50 years and a member of WyCo Solos.
Loretta was born on a farm — her favorite childhood home — near the Missouri River in the Nearman area of Wyandotte County, Kansas. Her Croatian-American family later moved to Strawberry Hill. She attended St. John The Baptist School and Wyandotte High School. Faith and family were her rock of stability throughout her life.
Loretta was industrious, starting her first job at age 12 at Friedman Dry Goods. She later worked for Simmons Bedding Company where she met her husband Guy. There she worked as a seamstress and later as a floor supervisor known for her impartial management. She worked also as a stay-at-home Mom, and was a beloved room mother at her son’s school.
Loretta was creative and meticulous. She bought her first sewing machine in 1961, which gave her great freedom to sew clothing for herself and others. She used her impeccable skills to quilt, crochet, and craft. She loved gardening and her gardens were manicured and ever-blooming. She was an inspired cook who could effortlessly prepare meals from scratch, a skill she learned at her family restaurant.
She and her husband Guy Crawford were inseparable and devoted, married for 44 years until he passed in 2007. They had a well-rehearsed ritual of doing the dishes together after each meal. Both loved dancing together to Country & Western music, and visited Branson often. Together they did musical outreach to elder adults at retirement centers and nursing homes. Loretta inspired people to dance and clap, while Guy played steel guitar with his musician friends. She was incredibly compassionate and cared deeply for others’ wellbeing, especially in times of need.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters Helen Hollander and Alta Mae Papa. She is survived by her son, Greg Crawford; her sister, Margaret Fraundorfer; and many family members and friends. She received remarkable, dignified comfort and support from Catholic Community Hospice in her final days. The family suggests charitable contributions to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Christ the King Catholic Church and Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center.