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Ethel Bullock Crabb

August 13, 1929 December 14, 2017
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Ethel Bullock Crabb 8/13/1929---12/14/2017

A celebration of the life of Ethel Bullock Crabb will be held Saturday, March 24th at the Golconda Golden Circle Senior Center. The celebration will begin with a potluck luncheon beginning at 11:30. Throughout her entire life, Ethel regularly played games with her family and friends, so in her honor, a Game/Card Party with many of her favorite games will follow the meal.

Ethel was born August 13, 1929 to Bessie and Oren Bullock in the Shedville community. Her marriage to Joe Crabb lasted 66 years before his passing in 2015 and was the rock solid foundation of her life. Left to mourn the loss of her physical presence in our lives are her daughters and beloved son-in-law, Karen Brummer and Cindy & Bruce Abbott; cherished grandchildren, Brent & Jessica Brummer, Amber & Tracy Shelton, Geoffrey & Autumn Abbott, Kelsey & Trevour Wiltshire, and Courtney Abbott; and adored great grandchildren, Tyler & Lexi Shelton, Savannah & Ruger Brummer, and Norah & Shiloh Wiltshire. She was preceded in death earlier in 2017 by her treasured half-brother, Noel Wright.

Ethel was devoted to her family—absolutely nothing made her happier than visiting with each person and hearing about what was happening in their lives. Visits would always hold a favorite meal of each family member, and “Gma,” as she was known to her family, was revered for her biscuits & gravy, chicken & dumplings, tacos, blackberry cobblers and so much more. Ethel was happiest when caring for others, particularly her family members, and her home was the home-away-from-home to visiting family and friends many weekends out of each year.

Ethel was the epitome of the word ‘homemaker,’ but she worked outside the home during her earlier and later years as well. She and Joe were also business owners, founding Shawnee Hills Florist in Golconda during the 1970s. After her husband Joe’s retirement, she volunteered along with him, most notably with the Pope County Historical Society and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she served in various capacities and on the board. At age 85, due to her husband’s failing health, she retired from full time volunteer work managing the Not-So-New thrift store in Golconda where she had served for over 20 years.

Ethel Crabb’s legacy is that of an intelligent, hardworking, loyal, loving, honest, good woman her family and friends respected and loved dearly. She is desperately missed and remembered daily. We, her family, hope you will come and share our celebration of having been blessed with this fine woman in our lives.

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