Maria Del Carmen Crowley

July 16, 1938March 7, 2019

Maria del Carmen Crowley passed away peacefully in her home on March 7, 2019 following a ten-month battle with Gall Bladder cancer. Carmen was born in 1938 in San Salvador, El Salvador. She met Mrs. Mortensen from the American Embassy when she was a teenager. Mrs. Mortensen wanted Carmen to teach her Spanish and offered to teach Carmen English. This led to the opportunity of a lifetime, Carmen was granted a visa to study in the United States. She completed her high school diploma at Valley Baptist Academy in Harlingen, Texas in 1963. She enrolled at East Texas Baptist College in the fall and attended there for three years where she met her husband of 52 years, Kenneth J. Crowley. They were married in the summer of 1966 and Carmen graduated with a BS in Education. She completed her MA in English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of Miami in 1983.

Carmen was a teacher! Carmen was a mother of three children and when the children became adolescents she launched her teaching career living and working in the Canal Zone, in the Republic of Panama for 27 years. In addition to teaching, Carmen was very active in mission work in Panama. There were missionaries assigned to the work in Panama, but Carmen outworked all of them as a layman while involving her family and was known as ‘Sister Carmen’ to those in the mission field. Carmen helped by organizing community gatherings, worship services and leading people to Christ.

Departing from Panama in 1999, Carmen was given orders to move to Japan where she served as an ESL teacher for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools on the American Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan for ten years. She was loved by her students who were truly blessed to be in her classroom. But the truth be told, Carmen was about serving the Lord. She was asked to teach Japanese adults English and she quickly modified the curriculum to include God’s Word. For seven years she and her husband taught English to Japanese adults, a genuine source of culture enriching while introducing Japanese English students to the Word of God.

In 2009, Carmen and her husband returned to Boulder, Colorado to care for Ken’s aging mother. Since 2013, Carmen and her husband have been active in the Restoration Messianic Fellowship, serving as elders since 2017. Carmen leaves behind a beautiful legacy of what it means to serve God.

Carmen will be remembered lovingly by her husband Kenneth J. Crowley. Her daughter Brenda Crowley-Putt, son-in-law Rodney Putt, three grandsons, Dylan Putt, Austin Putt and Caleb Putt. Her daughter Rebecca Crowley, grandchildren Andrea Portillo and Mark Portillo. Her son Kenneth R. Crowley, his wife Ayse Uzer Crowley and two grand children, Tyler Crowley and Holly Crowley. Her brother Juan Pablo Cruz along with many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019

Maria Del Carmen Crowley

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Sandra Medrano Cruz

March 20, 2019

Thanks Tia Carmen for helping and making a change in the life of my husband Carlos Bernon Cruz we will always remember you with love ♥ ️

Elizabeth Mejía

March 15, 2019

Tía Carmen!
Un excelente ser humano, lleno de sabiduría, amor y respeto para su familia. Un ángel en el camino de la vida.
Que Dios la reciba con los brazos abiertos y descanse en paz tía Carmen.
Un abrazo desde El Salvador hasta el cielo.
Mi más sentido pésame, y el de mi papá: Porfirio Mejía e hija.

Gary Christopher

March 15, 2019

Learning of Carmen's passing is sad and dismaying news. Carmen's room was across the hall from mine at YMS and we enjoyed each others company, chatting often as we stood in the hall during passing time. We shared ideas and thoughts about the students and I learned a lot from her about teaching ESL kids. She and her husband were wonderful people and her friendship was one of the bright spots of my time at Yokosuka Middle School. We've lost a wonderful colleague.

Elena Polgar

March 14, 2019

We will always love you Tia Carmen!
Elena, Norma, Porfirio, Glenda, Jonathan, Cristian, Harold, Stephanie, Eliza and Carlos.
Our aunt was someone who always had good stories to tell, but just as importantly she knew how to be good listener as well.
Her smile was made of sunshine, and her heart was solid gold.
She was always one of those relatives we could count on.
Did we remember to thank you enough, for all you have done for us?
Dis we remember to thank you enough, for all the times you were by our sides?
We had a wonderful aunt, and that’s the way it will always be!

José Hilario Gómez Romero

March 12, 2019

Dios nos dio el gran privilegio de conocer a la Hermana Carmen y a su familia cuando estuvieron en Panamá.
Por este medio extendemos un gran abrazo a toda su familia y que la paz de nuestro señor Jesucristo los conforte en esta hora.
Nuestro corazón esta conmovido por la partida de la Hermana Carmen porque amo nuestra congregación, Iglesia Bautista de Mendoza, pero a la vez, estamos seguro que ya esta en la presencia de Dios y que a futuro la volveremos a ver.
Dios bendiga toda la familia de la Hermana Carmen , esposo e hijos, entre otros.
Le amamos en Cristo, nuestra familia: Nilda Justavino de Gómez, José Hilario Gómez e hijos José Hilario y Kathia. Además, de todos los miembros de la Iglesia Bautista de Mendoza.

Vuestro hermano en Cristo,
José Hilario Gómez Romero, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista de Mendoza., La Chorrera, República de Panamá.

Ronda Smith

March 12, 2019

Although I did not have the privilege of personally knowing Mrs. Crowley, I know her amazing daughter Brenda very well. I've no doubt of Mrs. Crowley's beautiful soul and the wonderful person she was. We are praying for the family during this time. May sweet memories bring peace and comfort. Love to all.

Elaine Lewis

March 11, 2019

Carmen was a warm and giving person as well as a wonderful teacher. I had the honor of working with her for several years in Panama. She was also known for her incredibley delicious FLAN. She will be missed by all of us who loved her.

LaRose Seltzer

March 11, 2019

Carmen and I were neighbors in Diablo, Canal Zone. She was always smiling and passing along a kindness or funny moment. Even if going through a frustrating event she maintained her gentle loving nature with others. Her actions always reflected her strong Christian beliefs. Rest in the Lord’s loving embrace, Carmen.