January 8, 2016
Formerly of Central Valley, NY
Susan (Solveig) Liv Crawford passed peacefully from this life on January 8, 2016 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, surrounded by her loving family. Susan is reunited with the love of her life, her husband of 53 years, Alan Kerr Crawford whom she lost suddenly on October 25, 2015.
Susan leaves behind her children, daughter, Karen (Tim); son, Scott (Carla); daughter, Kelly (Tim); son, Kyle (Misty); daughter, Kristin (Joshua) and daughter, Kerrie (Kunal). Susan also leaves behind grandchildren: Chad, Cory, Callie, Brayden, Conner, Logan, Autumn, Hunter, and Tatum. Susan’s parents (whom she loved dearly) were Signy and Odd Hansen.
After graduating from Albany State University where she was Valedictorian of her class, Susan went on to become an accomplished English teacher at Monroe Woodbury High School, Central Valley, New York. In fact a story she often spoke about was meeting her husband Alan during those wonderful years. She spoke of watching him play baseball and joked about their demeanor towards each other. Susan was a truly loving and devoted mother and wife, always putting her family first. In her younger years she loved working in her flower beds, vegetable gardens, spending time “sprucing” up her home; she loved baking and would always be whipping up a ‘new’ recipe whether it be a homemade bread or a ‘new’ dish to share with her family. Her children especially enjoyed her cucumber, tomato sandwiches, and her famous chili. She could fill a room with her collection of cook books. Susan was an extremely talented needlepoint designer, and crochet artist. She created master-pieces that she would always insist on giving to others. She thoroughly enjoyed visiting craft shows and viewing the work of others. She was humble in her art work and modest in the amount of talent that she possessed. She was always asking her children what type of blanket, scarf or crocheting item they would like her to make for them as well as making sure the M&M dish was full for her grandchildren to enjoy. Susan was an amazingly strong woman. After her husband Alan’s accident on June 18, 1981 she stopped teaching and became his full time care giver. Susan refused to have any assistance in caring for her husband. Strong willed and determined she moved forward and was a leading example to her children. She made normalcy for her family out of life after Alan was paralyzed. Susan always stayed strong and true with her love of Jehovah God, her hope was to have life again on earth as promised by Jesus in John 5: 28, 29 “do not be amazed at this, for the hours coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” Susan Liv Crawford’s life here on earth, she was the best Mother and devoted, loving wife you could ever dream of. Her sarcasm made you smile and was a personality trait that made us all laugh. She put everyone in life ahead of her own well being, always, always, wanting others to be happy first. A beautiful woman, full of advice and knowledge, she will be missed beyond words. She touched our lives and taught us to be kind, to make our own path. As mom would say.. “If all your friends jumped off a bridge then would you too?”.. The answer we all know, is, “No”, we will follow your lead, Mom, we will be as strong willed as you, we will show true kindness to others just as you have taught us. 5.3…”Life, he realize, was much like a song, in the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” – Nicholas Sparks.
At the respect of family, services are private. Cremation will take place with Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to each individual’s choice of charity.
On line condolences can be made to www.bolesfuneralhome.com Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is serving the family.