Margaret "Peggy" (Louden) Crawford

Thursday, January 9, 2020
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Margaret “Peggy” Louden Crawford, age 91, passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2019. Daughter of James Earl and Ethel Gertrude (Fordney) Louden born Feb. 14, 1928 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peggy spent her final years with her daughter’s family in Red Lodge, Montana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William (Bill) McKindsey Crawford, Illnois; sister Dorothy (Raymond) Sullivan and brother-in-law Rolland Thompson. She is survived by her children, Bill (Jodi) of Crystal Lake, Illnois, Margaret (Bill) Karas of Red Lodge, John (Melissa) of Shorewood, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kindsey (Christopher) Hironimus, Bill (Christina), Grace Karas, Kayley; three great-grandchildren; sister, Joanne (Walter) Dick, sister-in-law, Mary Thompson of Minneapolis; and many nieces and nephews.

Peggy received a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Catherine (1951) with a major in Home Economics and minor in Education. Peggy wanted to be a scientist, but as she said, in those days, women in science just weren’t accepted, so she opted for a teaching certificate in both Home Economics and Science. 

Peggy met Bill, the love of her life, on a blind date. While engaged, Peggy moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and became a candy-striper at the Mayo Clinic to be closer to fiancé Bill during his long recovery from a serious work-related injury. Her support was instrumental in Bill’s recovery far beyond doctors’ expectations. Peggy was the glue that kept the family and household together, taking great pride and finding humor in being a “Domestic Engineer”. From her very first visit to the family lake / hunting cabin in northern Minnesota, aptly named “R&R”, she quickly embraced the rustic conditions. Although trips to the cabin with three children meant little rest and relaxation for Peggy, she treasured the family time together in that isolated setting in the woods.  She enjoyed golf, sewing, gardening, and walking almost daily with Bill. She and Bill shared many walks together during their nearly 62 years of marriage. She treasured her longtime friends from the “June 6” group of Edina Jaycees and her dear girlfriends of “Bridge” Club. In more recent years, Peggy enjoyed walks, dancing, and sharing the simple pleasures of life with her Willows Assisted Living family. Through her gradual cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s dementia, Peggy never lost her sense of humor, making those around her laugh in her sweet and gentle way.

A memorial celebration of Peggy’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 3131 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, with Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. A Celebration of Life in Red Lodge will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to St John’s Foundation or Alzheimer’s Association. 

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