Thelma Ruth Crawford 1914 - 2013 Gardner

Thelma Ruth Crawford, 99, of Gardner, Kansas, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013. She was born February 14, 1914 in Carroll County, Missouri to Lon and Lena Hardwick. She was raised in the Baptist faith. She married Sterling Leonard Crawford on April 27, 1934 in Carrollton, MO. Of that marriage were born two children.
Thelma had a great love for her flowers and cats. Her garden was a memory of her grandmother Susan Nashan.
Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Charles Leo Hardwick and John Marvin Hardwick and a sister, Sylvia Smart. She is survived by her children, Willimae Rosann Elder (Kenny) of Baldwin City, KS, and John Sterling Crawford (Penny), of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren, Robin Jones (Max), Shelia Brecheisen (Lynn), Rick Carpenter, Bob Carpenter (Leann), and Kym Hampton (Chris); nine great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Thelma spent her last years toiling the soil for her heirloom seeds and vegetables. This was her love of life and continued it as long as her health allowed. Services will be private.
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