Anne Marie Crow
2 July, 1931 – 13 February, 2021
Anne Marie Coates was born on July 2, 1931 in Benson, MN to Frank Coates and Florence (Davidson) Coates. She passed into eternal peace on February 13, 2021.
Anne was the oldest girl in a family of six and spent a lot of her childhood caring for younger siblings. She adored her Dad, Frank, and her best times of her childhood were spent with him.
Anne married Arthur Crow Jr. on July 12, 1947 in Portland, Oregon. They were preparing to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary prior to his death in January 1997. Arthur and Anne had 7 children and Anne’s days were spent being a mother to this large group. She loved to cook and loved to look around her table at the happy faces of her family and friends.
Due to Arthur’s long haul trucking business, Anne raised her children largely by herself. It wasn’t until they purchased a dairy farm in Weld County that this husband and wife team were able to work side by side. They went on to work together on the dairy for many years before retiring to the Longmont area. Anne got her home with her beloved mountain view in her retirement. She spent many happy hours in her lovely garden tending her flowers and vegetables. She had her craft room there with its sunny windows where she happily worked on her sewing.
Due to her failing health, Anne eventually had to move to Eaton to be closer to family. She loved her turn-of-the century home and had great pride in choosing it herself and decorating it to her liking.
She had many compassionate caregivers from Visiting Angels during this trying time. It was only through this organization and their wonder staff that Anne was able to remain in her home for as long as she did. Eventually Anne’s disease progressed to the point that it was unsafe for her to remain in her home and she moved to Columbine West Memory Care in October of 2020. She received excellent and compassionate care here and it was here that she spent her final days.
Prior to her dementia diagnosis, Anne was always a lady; teaching her children to have respect and compassion for those around them. She valued honesty and hard work. She loved to quilt, crochet, sew and do needlework. She leaves behind many gorgeous examples of her handiwork.
Left to honor Anne’s memory are her children Leann (Cal) Sharp, Dan (Carolyn), Tim, Rob and Loriann (Jeff) Stewart. She is survived by 12 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Franklin, Wendell (Tip), MaryLee and infant brother, John, her husband, Arthur, and their children Linda Lee and William (Bill) and daughter in law, Jane.
If you wish to honor Anne, please spend some time with a loved one and share a strawberry ice cream together. Memorial contributions may be made to a Dementia/Alzheimer’s Association of your choosing.
If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see, If the sun should rise and you find your eyes are filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say, I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand. He said my place was ready, in heaven far above And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye. For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do. It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad. I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relieve yesterday, just even for a while. I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be. For emptiness and memories would take the place of me. When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow. When I walked through heaven’s gates I felt so much at home. God looked down and smiled at me from his great gold throne He said “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you. Today your life on Earth has passed but here life started anew.” I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last And since each day is the same, there’s no longing for the past. So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart. For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart. Rest in Peace, Mother Dear.
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Anne Marie Crow
19 February 2021
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3: 5-6).