Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN


Kathleen C Dew

November 8, 1921October 7, 2019

KNOXVILLE - Frances Kathleen Crabtree Dew, of Knoxville, TN, was born near Euchee in Roane County, TN on November 8, 1921 and died at Elmcroft Senior Living of West Knoxville on October 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cleveland Crabtree and Maggie Alberta Easter, sister, Peggy Ann Johnson, and brothers, Jack, Jim, Ted and Tower Crabtree. She was also preceded in death by special niece, Debbie C. Pardue and nephew Stephen Crabtree. She is survived by son, Richard Dew and devoted daughter-in-law, Lisa Carver, of Knoxville, her brother, Joseph H. Crabtree (Mary Chappell) and sister-in-law, Lynville Jones Crabtree of Sweetwater, TN, Terry Stevenson, Melissa Crabtree, Cindy Kyker and nephews, Randy Crabtree, Joe Crabtree, David Crabtree, Bob Johnson, Tommy Crabtree, Ted Crabtree and David Crabtree. She had 57 first cousins. Kathleen’s beloved and treasured parents were farmers. Throughout her life, she was very thankful for the examples of love, resourcefulness and opportunities they provided her and her siblings. She enjoyed living on a farm in the 1920’s—a portion of which is now the Blue Springs Marina and later on a bluff overlooking Thief’s Neck Island and what is now Camp John Knox near the site of the old Rockwood Ferry Landing on the Tennessee River. While her father operated The Rockwood Landing Ferry for 3 years in the early 1930’s, the family lived at the ferry. Afterwards they moved back to the Blue Springs/Cove Creek area in 1934 and live there until TVA formed Watts Barr Lake in the early 1940’s. Having lived in homes without electricity or running water she always appreciated what TVA did for rural areas of East Tennessee. After graduating from Roane County High School in 1939 where she was a Salutatorian, she graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan (2-year degree) in 1941. Ever the educator, she taught in three different 1-2 room elementary schools in Monroe County. First, in Cherokee School in Old Sweetwater near where her family had bought a farm and moved in 1941 and then in Citico and Christiansburg. In 1944, she enlisted as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy. She loved her country and proudly served as a gunnery instructor. Her brothers, Jack (U.S. NAVY) and Jim (U.S. Army) both served in the South Pacific during WWII and inspired her to serve. After graduating from The University of Tennessee with a degree in Social Work in 1948, she began a 40-year career with what is now The Tennessee Department of Human Services. She spent a year at Tulane University in the 1950’s and returned to The University of Tennessee at 46 to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work (1968). She spent 39 of her 40 years as a field supervisor eventually attaining Field Supervisor III, which entailed supervising Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Food Stamps for all of Knox County. She had a steadfast drive to help her clients, train and mentor social workers and see that the state’s money was spent correctly. In retirement, she continued to live life to the fullest as a mentor, teacher, reader, gardener, genealogist, historical-society participant, volunteer, pet owner and most importantly as a friend who all her life worked diligently at maintaining her friendships with both family and friends. Her family would like to thank Elmcroft Assisted Living of West Knoxville where she lived for over 8 years and was provided the needed day-to-day friendship, hard work, understanding, patience, kindness and love as a member of that community. Thank you to Sarah, Traci, Chastity, Chris, Pat, Anita, Amanda, Heather, Amy and especially RA Lora Wyrick, all of Elmcroft. Also, a special than you to Dr. John Bushore, Dr. Ben Huff and Dr. Monica Crane and also Beth Atkins, RN and Cherie Merrite, Chaplain of Amedysis Hospice Care. If you can find a support group like this along with other caregivers not mentioned, you can provide support to those who have to face Alzheimer’s disease. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any charity that helps in the titanic struggle with Alzheimer’s, Mobile Meals or TN Wesleyan University. A Memorial Service will be held at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Thursday, October 10th at 5:00pm with Rev. Chris Buice officiating, with a visitation to follow. Friends and family may share their condolences at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Visitation and Reception Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019


Kathleen C Dew

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Pat Anderson

October 11, 2019

Rick, I was so sorry to hear of your Mother leaving this world. I always loved her humor! She might not remember a lot of things, but she always knew I lived in Blount County. She would always say, "How are things in Blount County?" She always loved reading her newspaper every day. What a WOMAN she was!!! She loved you and you were such a good, loving son to her. May your heart always overflow with good loving memories of her. My life is richer by knowing you both! Pat Anderson


October 10, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. My mom, Margaret Webb was such good friends with your mother.
I think of your mom every time I pull into the post office. One day a long time ago she was in the middle of the parking lot directing traffic.
I still remember her bringing books or papers by my shop to give to my mom.
She was a sweet lady. I will miss her.
Bill Webb

James Stone

October 10, 2019

She was a great supervisor and person at DHS. My Condolence to the family.


October 10, 2019

Our condolences to Rick Dew and his family.
Jo and Don Hinton

Sherri Springer

October 10, 2019

Mom and I met Ms Dew at Elmcroft. She sat at Moms table. She was amazing! So glad to have known her

Cyndi Kyker

October 10, 2019

Aunt Kathleen was one of the most unselfish and brilliant women I have ever known. Her love of history, the importance of education, horticulture, wildlife, antiques and family will forever be a part of my life and so many others. She was not only my Mother Peggy's sister, but also Moma's best friend. At an early age, as I tagged along with them, birdwatching, antiques, and flowers became my passion also.. My visits to her home on Tobler lane..her home was a treasure trove of learning...special treats of frozen blueberries served in her finest china cups, our trips across Hawkins Road to Bill and Margie Hauns to get eggs, and the smell of her Merle Norman face powder as she hugged me goodbye. I hold a lifetime of loving memories Aunt K. Thank you for not only touching my life, but Wes and Drew also. Love, Cyndi.

Jane Jones

October 9, 2019

Kathleen was always so nice to me. She asked me to help serve at her parents 50 th anniversary celebration. She used to call me for family updates on my mother in law, her Aunt Lib. I really missed her calls when she got unable to make them and I always enjoyed sending her a Christmas card. She will be missed.

Ruth J Smiley

October 9, 2019

I lived across the street from Kathleen and her son on Greenleaf Ave. for a couple of years in the 1960s. I remember Kathleen as a friendly and kind neighbor. I admire her for a long career of service to others. Hers was a life well lived.

Vickie Butler

October 9, 2019

Kathleen was a faithful, dependable and very capable leader.! We truly enjoyed being her colleague and friend. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to family and loved ones. Larry and Vickie

Susan Huskisson

October 9, 2019

I have so many memories of Mrs. Dew from when I was a child. She took me so often to Carousel Theatre to plays, introduced me to poetry, and we spent time at the farm in Sweetwater. She was a part of my family growing up - a special friend and mentor. She will be greatly missed.