In Loving Memory of
We lost our beloved Virginia after a very short illness. She was the
smartest, kindest person we know.
She was born on December 22, 1938 in Port Arthur, Texas to
Elizabeth Pauline (neé Hollis) and Duward Lewis Alexander Melica
The family will hold a Memorial Service at the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 1:30pm.
Virginia graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1956, and
went on to attend Baylor University and Lamar University, graduating
with a Bachelorâ€™s Degree of Science in Biology.
She began her career in education teaching science at Thomas
Edison Junior High in Port Arthur. She met the tall and dashing
Charles Crawford at Leo and Willieâ€™s Restaurant. They married on
March 7th, 1969. The family moved to Duncanville, Texas in 1974,
where she ran the Homebound Education Project for students with
long-term illnesses. In 1986, the family moved to Elysian Fields,
Texas and she taught a variety of subjects in the small community
Beyond classwork, she specialized in preparing her students in study
habits and coping skills. She set very high standards for her
students, did not allow bad attitudes, yet was loved for her kindness
She retired to Marshall, Texas in 2003 where she began her life as a
long-term caretaker and volunteer. She was consistently active in her
church and a variety of community organizations including the Special
Her home was always filled with books, music, love and delicious
food. She was often available to lend a hand, provide respite and
shelter in her home, and craft meaningful gifts for anyone she loved.
Every year, she was the hostess of our Familyâ€™s legendary holiday
Her favorite place on earth was our family camp on Cow Creek, which
was built by her grandparents when she was only one month old. The
Camp is currently deep underneath the East Texas floodwaters, and
we believe that she is indeed taking it with her.
She was called many things by many people --Mom, Aunt Virginia,
Aint Gin, Gigi and Sissy. She was a voracious reader, quilter and
gardener. Virginia made friends everywhere she went, and was
especially helpful to anyone in need who crossed her path.
Virginia is survived by her husband Charles Crawford, Jr. of 47 years,
her four children, Mark Handley (Jill) of Grapevine, Texas;
Christopher Crawford (Michel Lapointe) of Los Angeles, CA; Charles
Crawford III of Marshall, Texas; and Carrie Journell (Jeormie) of
Shreveport, Louisiana. She was blessed with her grandchildren;
Jack, Lane (Andrew), Carolyn, and Louisa. She will be missed by her
siblings; Penny Bolyard, Elizabeth Moss, Deborah Moss-Wilhite, Diana Durbin, and
Donald Moss. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews,
cousins, former students and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cumberland Presbyterian
Church or My Friendâ€™s House (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
in Marshall, Texas.
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