OBITUARY

Georgia Butler Crouch

February 25, 1924July 5, 2019
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Crouch, Georgia B. 95, of Safety Harbor peacefully passed away at Safety Harbor Senior Living. Georgia was born in Blackford, Kentucky. She lived, married, raised seven children in the Panama Canal Zone. Pre-deceased by her husband, Harlan P. Crouch, grandson, Harlan P. Crouch II, and sister, Philippe Rocchio. Survived by her sister, Judy (Arthur) Lawrance and her seven children Kathleen (Steve) Sattler, Joan (Tom) Looker, Walter (Jane) Crouch, Ruth Maddox, Alice (Arturo) Crouch Calvo, Marian (Louie) Ange and Anne Crouch. She had 18 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. A wonderful woman of God. Wise counselor of life and faith, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, loved by all who knew her. Memorial service will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2:00pm at Sylvan Abbey.

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  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Stephen Sattler

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Grandpa & Grandma Crouch, Ian Sattler

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Joan and Grandma - 2000

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Grandma with her Great-granddaughter, Isabella. 2013

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Grandma with her Great-grandson, Jack Thomas. 2011

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Grandma with her Great-granddaughter, Elyssa.

Joan Looker

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We love you sweet Grandma...always and forever

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Georgia's High School Picture

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Georgia and her sister Philipee. With the family dog.

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Beautiful Georgia as a young woman. A true southern belle.

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Biography

Georgia Merlene Butler Crouch was born February 25, 1924 to Georgia Travis Butler and Hobart Von Butler. Georgia Merlene was the first born daughter of proud southern parents. She was born in a small house in Blackford Kentucky. The town was named after the black Model T Ford. Her sister Philippe was born 14 months later. Her sister Judy was born many years later in Panama.

Mom talked about carrying coal buckets in the snow to supply fuel for their coal burning furnace. The winters were brutal. Her Mama and Daddy owned a Mom and Pop Restaurant, and mom suspected that they sold bootleg whisky on the side to help ends meet during the Great Depression.

The family moved to Gilbertsville and later to Fulton Kentucky. Hobart had part time work on the railroad and heard about a job in the Panama Canal. Mom says she remembers him praying on his knees and the family was so happy when he got the job with the federal government in Panama!

Hobart hurried to Panama to start his job. A few months later, Georgia and family packed up and followed Hobart down there by driving to New York and getting on a ship to Panama. Mom remembers being so impressed with New York and visited the 1939 World's Fair.

Panama was a totally different culture for the family. Instead of the cold and the snow, now they had lots of rain, tropical fruits, palm trees and tropical birds. Everywhere they looked there was jungle.

Hobart was a dispatcher for the Panama Canal Railroad, and they lived in a little town called "Frijoles" in the middle of the jungle. The railroad ran from the Atlantic to the Pacific side on the Isthmus of Panama. Everyday Georgia and her sister Philippe would take the train and ride their bicycles from the Colon train station to Cristobal High School. While traveling back and forth on the train, Georgia and Philppe met many friends. One of those friends introduced her to Harlan and they instantly clicked and married shortly after getting to know each other. Harlan had a good job working for the Telephone Company and they started a family right away. Kathleen was born first, then Joan, then Walter, then Ruth, then Alice, then Marian and last but not least, Annie. Six daughters and one son and their family of seven children was complete. Georgia and Harlan loved their family and were wonderful doting parents. Our home was filled with songs in harmony. Daddy played the harmonica and several of us played the guitar. Neighbors and friends would join the family to sing and would stay for dinner as Mom always said, "the more the merrier!"

In 1973, Harlan retired, and he and Georgia moved to Safety Harbor Florida where they lived for nearly 46 years. They were blessed by their children and grandchildren who filled their home in Safety Harbor next to Philippe Park. Harlan and Georgia kept active living close to the park, walking there often.

Harlan passed in 2012. Georgia's family found a wonderful ALF "Safety Harbor Senior Living" in 2015. Her room overlooked the Safety Harbor Spa and the balcony where she loved to "sun herself" overlooking Main Street. . She loved it there and felt God directed her move. The staff was so sweet to her and family was always visiting. Georgia thrived here for 4 years continuing to join in activities and singing. She watched the fireworks from her bedroom with family all around. The next day July 5th family joined her on the balcony. She asked to go to her room for a nap in the afternoon and passed peacefully in her sleep and woke up in Heaven.

Georgia was a beautiful woman of great faith and spirituality. She loved the Lord and would sit on her balcony looking up at the blue skies and would sing, "Blue Skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see." She told her family to always be thankful to God and to let the negative things go. She will be greatly missed.