Virginia Crawford Obituary

  • Virginia Crawford
    In Loving Memory of

    Virginia Crawford

    Birth Date: Dec 22nd, 1938 Death Date: Mar 9th, 2016
    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 Bachelor’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 Willie’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

    school district.

    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

    and compassion.

    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 Family’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 Friend’s House (email:

    in Marshall, Texas.

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