Margaret Crawford, 95, died peacefully April 4, 2011, at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt, Kan.
She was born October 8, 1915, to Jacob and Edith Koenders DeYoung. Her father had emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States, at which time his name was inadvertently changed from DeJong to DeYoung. She was born on the original family homestead 20 miles north of Midland, S.D., near Ottumwa.
After moving to a new family farm near Midland in 1918, she attended rural schools and graduated from Eureka High School in Haakon County, S.D. She then attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, S.D. After college she taught for 10 years in country schools in South Dakota.
On December 28, 1945, she married Glen Thomas Crawford in Midland, S.D. Following Glen's graduation from Kansas State University in 1946, they moved to Pratt, where she has resided since.
Sons David Lee and Dale Vernon were born in 1949 and 1952, respectively. She was a homemaker for many years and later assisted Glen with the family accounting business in Pratt.
A member, elder and deacon of the Pratt Presbyterian Church for many years, she was also active in Pansy Rebekah Lodge No. 251, Ladies Encampment Auxiliary No. 98, Golden Valley HEU and Fireside Arts Club. She and Glen enjoyed playing golf at Green Valley Golf Course.
As a volunteer with the Pratt Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), she assisted the elderly with income tax preparation and delivering meals through Friendship Meals. She enjoyed gardening and watching the numerous birds attracted to her back yard, and in her later years, playing games and dominoes at the Pratt Senior Center. She was most recently a resident of Parkwood Village in Pratt. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include sons, David and wife, Linda Knipp, Durango, Colo., and Dale and wife, Laura Turnbull, Olathe, Kan.; three granddaughters, Kristina, Karry and Rochelle; four step-grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, on May 28, 1998; her parents; three brothers, Richard, Harold and Herb; and a sister, Rena Nemec.
Funeral service were held 8, 2011, at Pratt Presbyterian Church with Pastor Stephen Wing officiating.