Saturday, July 23, 2016

G. Eileen Crawford

She didn't like her first name so it was officially G. Eileen.  Over the years the G. has come to stand for Griz, as in the Montana Grizzlies.  She knew her football and was the one to beat in the annual football pool.

When your life spans more than 92 years, you have had some experiences and left your mark on the world.   My mom was always there for her five children and their spouses, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  Not to mention the rest of her family and friends.  She had your back.

Mom with her parents, Julius and Ella, 1924.

She was an avid sports fan and very athletic herself.  I always admired athletic ability because I do not have any.  I did not inherit any of that from my mom, but fortunately for me, I did inherit her love of music.  She and her sisters loved to sing and at every family reunion that is what they taught all of us to do.  Play music and sing.  Our music at New Year's Eve and the Oyster Party came from that tradition.  I hope that I am passing it on just like she did.


Some of my "singing" cousins.



Mom, Aunt Shirley, Aunt Betty, Grandma Ella.  Aunt Merle not in this photo.

She loved football and her favorite teams were Nebraska and the Montana Grizzlies.  She baked her delicious "Christmas Cookies" every year and mailed them to each of us.  She loved to dance and even though she was recuperating from a broken ankle, she was dancing at Dylan and Sarah's wedding last August.


In the photo below, she is standing on a chair after dancing in the conga line when we were on a cruise. She always denied doing it, but I have proof.




Topping off the champagne tree on the cruise.


Here we all are in our Nebraska Red!




She marched in the 4th of July parade with the Cougar Creek Band in 2011.



And she loved to fish!  Here she is on Seagull Charters.  


I could go on and on....

Did we get it right mom?





I love you!

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We all hope to live a life as well lived as you did.  If we achieve that, we will have done something.

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