Carol's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Developing Potential Inc. and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Carol Ruth Crawford

July 30, 1955July 4, 2020
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Carol Ruth Crawford, loving daughter, wife, sister, and mother, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of July 4th, 2020 at the age of 64.

Carol is survived by her husband, Brian; her sons, Chad and Michael; her brother, Stephen. Carol was born July 30th, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois to Ralph and Edna Holle. Despite constant teasing from her younger brother Steve, Carol was quick to stick up for him and help him whenever he needed it. Those that saw the two interact together can attest that this dynamic carried through with them all of their lives. She was incredibly compassionate and helpful to a fault, always putting others before herself whether they be friends, family, students, or even relative strangers. However, in addition to her caring and selfless attitude, Carol was also intensely competitive (as those who were within earshot at trivia competitions at KC Bier Co. or elsewhere could no doubt attest). In her high school class of 700 students, Carol graduated as valedictorian from Ruskin High School in 1973. She was further recognized for her academic achievements when she graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with her BS in Elementary Education by the American Association of University Women as the top female student in her class.

Carol taught kindergarten at Pleasant Hill Elementary from 1977 until the birth of her second son, Mike, in 1991. Mike was born with cerebral palsy and she temporarily left teaching to better care for him. Carol and her husband Brian are stalwart advocates for Mike as well as his friends and classmates who are differently abled. They both volunteered countless hours with such programs as Children’s TLC, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Liggett Trail, and Developing Potential Incorporated, Mike’s current adult day program. Not one to ever take much of a breath, Carol was also very active in her oldest son Chad’s academic life, serving as room mother and in the PTA from Chad’s time in kindergarten up until his high school graduation in 2005. In September 2000, Carol returned to her love of teaching at Holy Trinity Lutheran Preschool, eventually becoming the director of the program. Holy Trinity wasn’t just her employer but her second family. For almost 50 years, Carol had an indelible impact on the church as a volunteer, friend, and missionary as well as teacher.

When she did take a moment for herself, Carol was an avid reader and movie-goer as well as a trivia-buff. Her family was swept up with her love for all things Disney as they went on many family vacations to Disney World throughout her life.

For those who knew her, Carol’s sudden passing comes as a devastating loss to all of the people and communities she touched throughout her life. These words are ill-fitted to describe how deeply she’ll be missed by the people that loved her. But if all of us can try, just a little, to be more like Carol Crawford, maybe one day we can come close to honoring the sacrifices made by and the impact of this irreplaceable woman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Carol's name be made to Developing Potential Inc. (https://developingpotential.org/take-action) and/or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (holytrinitylcms.org), Grandview, Missouri.


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Netta Scates

July 15, 2020

My little sister, Angela, and Mike were the best of buds throughout their days in school together. I use to love hearing Carol tell the latest stories of Mike and Angela’s shenanigans together. She absolutely loved her family and it showed in every breath she took. God brought an angel back home. She will no doubt be missed down here on earth.

Pete and Mary Frances Belsha

July 10, 2020

Dear Brian, Chad, Mike, and Steve & Kathy

Our deepest sympathies to all of you with the passing of Carol. She was a woman who was the complete definition of a Life Well Lived!

I, her cousin, Pete, have the fondest memories of Carol and our other girl cousin, Ginger, coping with her brother and all of the boy cousins. I can remember them letting us tie them to a tree.

She was a gift to all of us and was unreservedly supportive of her family. We have included a photo of Carol at her Aunt Ruth’s 90th birthday party in St. Louis performing their family skit.

Carol was deeply committed to service to her family, her church and her community. She will be greatly missed by all the communities she touched with her graceful presence.

We are flooded with so many lovely memories of Carol: From childhood visits: playing cowboys and Indians to family celebrations and beer fests. Carol was always creative, joyful, stealthily funny, wise, hard-working and compassionate.

Her spirit? Always a gentle calming breeze. God gave her challenges which she embraced with grace, faith, pragmatism and courage. We will miss her terribly. We take comfort in knowing how much she loved Life and all of you.

Our hearts are with you,

Pete and Mary Frances

John & Yvonne McDonough

July 9, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Brian and the entire Crawford family on Carol's passing. She must have been a wonderful wife and mother!
We will keep all of you in our prayers.

Nancy Dodge

July 9, 2020

Dear Brian, Chad, Mike, and all of Carol's family - I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at Liggett Trail. Carol was a joy to everyone there and always a smiling face to see when she was there. She was kind, giving, and worked hard to help staff and students. Prayers for your family.

Karesa Belsha

July 9, 2020

Brian, Mike, Chad, and Steve,

What an amazing woman Carol was. When we lived in Kansas City Greg was 9 months old. Carol baby sat for him. Carol must have been 14-15 years old; we knew then she was on her way to being a gifted teacher. Denny recalls how she did a great job playing "school" on the steps at family gatherings.

Carol will be missed by so many. She gave with her whole heart. Her family was her pride and joy.

May the memories live on forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace.

With love,
Kris and Denny

Peggy Mansur

July 9, 2020

Brian, Chad & Mike
Carol was so kind & thoughtful to all the people who worked with Mike.
Love & prayers to all the family. Give Mike a big hug from Peggy OT. 😊

Arden Powell

July 9, 2020

Carol contributed more than anyone could imagine to our Liggett Trail Family. She was a caring and loving mom and advocate for all of our students. Carol was always ready and willing to pitch in and help with activities and field trips in Mike’s classroom. Her love an concern for the students and adults with disabilities will never go unnoticed.
Arden Powell

Laura Hildreth

July 9, 2020

My goodness. What a friend. What a Christian. What a Wife and Mom. She was the biblical Mary AND Martha. She was game for anything and fearless with that! I remember we were part of the "entertainment" for a church fellowship and Carol was Aladdin and I was an ill-fitted Princess Jasmine. We climbed up on top of a church banquet table and pretended to be riding our "magic carpet" while lip syncing to "A Whole New World". Carol, being wonderfully beautiful Carol, didn't lip sync the words but, instead, sang the lyrics at the top of her lungs with a huge smile on her face! I love this memory. I love my friend, Carol Crawford.

Diane Belsha

July 8, 2020

Brian, Chad, Michael & Steve, our hearts & prayers go out to you.
Carol was the most selfless person I knew, always thinking of others. One special memory I have (amongst many) is when she dressed up like MaryAnn (for Bob’s Gilligan’s Island party). She drove to St. Louis to help celebrate his 50th birthday!

Linda Foster

July 8, 2020

Brian, Chad, Mike, and Steve,

How do you sum up fifty years of memories in to a few sentences? I will always remember Carol's stories that made you smile, her kindness, thoughtfulness, creativity, courage and faithfulness. There is a hole in the world now, that can not be filled, only covered by memories of a remarkable friend too soon gone from us.