Frances Ruth Crow, 101, of rural Camden, MI, passed away on Saturday, July 5, at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a patient since March.
Born January 7, 1913, in Amboy Township (Hillsdale County) MI, she was the daughter of Frantz Siegel and Rachel Pearl (Metcalf) Sommers. On January 7, 1936, she married Norman Crow who preceded her in death on May 22, 2014, after 78 years of marriage.
A teacher for 37 years, she retired in 1979 from North Central junior high. Her career began in one-room schools in Amboy Township, MI before her marriage and later included positions in Williams County, OH beginning at Snow School in Bridgewater Township. When the school closed in 1952, she transferred to Pioneer where she taught 4th and later 6th graders. When Pioneer and Kunkle school districts consolidated in 1957, she taught English classes to all North Central junior high students at the Kunkle building.
A 1930 graduate of Pioneer High School, she received a
teaching certificate for one-room country schools from Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo in 1931. After many years of updating her teaching certificate through summer school classes and correspondence courses, she received her bachelor of arts in education from Hillsdale College in 1961.
Surviving are two daughters, Margaret (David) Davis of Bryan and Barbara (James) Church of Okemos, MI; five grandchildren, Timothy (Wendy) Davis of Franklin, Sarah (Michael) Smith of New Albany, John (Allison) Davis of Naperville, IL, Laura (Giorgi) Ivanishvili of Atlanta, GA, Rachel (Kelvin) Potter of Okemos, MI; and nine great grandchildren; nephews Deane (Kelly) Rininger of Stanardsville, VA, Leroy (Betty) Rininger of Camden, MI, William Munk of Pittsford, MI. Nieces Belinda (Charles) Campanella of Camden, MI, Nancy Munk of Somerset, MI. Mary Smithson of Holiday, FL.,and Linda Grisier Kelsey of Tampa,FL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Emerson Grisier, Florence and Fred Munk, and Grace and Rex Rininger.
She was a lifelong member of the Pioneer Methodist Church where services will be held on Thursday, July 10th.
Visitation for Frances Crow will be from 10-11am at the church with services to follow at 11am with Pastor Jesse Blevins to officiate. Interment will be at 2pm at Frontier Cemetery in Hillsdale County, 10424 Clark Road.
Memorials may be directed to the Pioneer Methodist Church.