OBITUARY

Virginia Arlene Crabtree

July 29, 1939November 19, 2021

Portland, ME- Virginia “Ginger” Libby Crabtree, 82, longtime resident of Portland, passed away on November 19, 2021 at the Barron Center. She was born in Portland, ME, a daughter of David and Helen (Ross) Libby. Ginger graduated from Deering High School, Class of 1958. She worked for Health-tex and retired from Blue Shield Insurance Company. She was an avid Red Sox, Patriots and Nascar fan. She loved bowling and was in a women’s league for 40 years in which she and her husband traveled to many state tournaments including Hawaii. They also enjoyed many bus tours after retirement, visiting various places including Toronto, Nashville and the Amish Country in PA. She enjoyed camping, reading romance novels and overseeing her many beautiful flower gardens in her yard. Above all, she loved spending time with her family. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 51 years, Lewis Crabtree, and a brother, Richard Libby. She was a loving mother of two daughters, Debra (Louis) Godin of Windham and Roxane (Timothy) Price of Virginia; a son, Darryl Crabtree of Portland; five grandchildren, twins Erica Hamby and Nicole Crosby, Amanda Fogg, Christian Price and Samantha Price; 7 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Vanessa, Raychel, Christopher, Callie, Jacob and Joshua. She is also survived by her dog Max and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed. We love you mom. Visiting hours will be held from 9-11 am on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland, where a funeral service will follow at 11 am. Burial will follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Ginger’s online guest book.

  • FAMILY

  • David Libby, Father (deceased)
  • Helen (Ross) Libby, Mother (deceased)
  • Lewis Crabtree, Husband (deceased)
  • Richard Libby, Brother (deceased)
  • Debra Godin (Louis Godin), Daughter
  • Roxane Price (Timothy Price), Daughter
  • Darryl Crabtree, Son
  • Erica Hamby, Granddaughter
  • Nicole Crosby, Granddaughter
  • Amanda Fogg, Granddaughter
  • Christian Price, Grandson
  • Samantha Price, Grandson
  • Virginia is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Vanessa, Raychel, Christopher, Callie, Jacob and Joshua. She is also survived by her dog Max and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, December 3, 2021

Memories

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Shirley Gordon

December 4, 2021

Many members of the Southern Maine United States Bowling Congress Association remember many wonderful bowling trips and experiences with Ginny and her husband. In Ginny's memory, a contribution will be made in her name to our Brad Hersey Memorial Scholarship Fund. Sincere condolences to all the members of the Crabtree family.

Dorothy Brown

December 2, 2021

Debby, Roxanne and Darryl,
It has been many years since I last saw you all, but I remember many wonderful things from the years we were close. Your Mom and Dad were very good friends and we had lots of laughs along the way. I remember visiting on Maine Ave. and going camping. I was sad when Lou passed and now I am sad to hear of your Mom's passing. She was loved and she will be very missed.
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in knowing she is at rest and has now joined your Dad and the rest of your heavenly family members.
Blessings and prayers for you all.
Dotty Brown

Samantha Price

November 29, 2021

Grandma, I love you and miss you so dearly. I miss the excitement of driving from Virginia or New Hampshire just to see you. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was 7 years old, seeing you in your special chair with Duke by your side, watching sports. I remember the times we enjoyed Amatos in the dining room or enjoying a red lobster with Christian, Dad, Nanie, and you and now I'm joining in.

Do you remember your 50th wedding anniversary party because I do. We all looked amazing that day and I had a blast. I still have the pictures of us 4 (me, Christian,Roxane and Timothy). I love it because it reminds me of that day with everyone.

It was sad for me hearing the news but, I'm happy because your resting just like Nanie. Please take care of my dog Yoshi for me. You can run a marathon right now or even better, you can bowl again.

Donna Ellwood

November 29, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear Ginger has passed away. Her oldest daughter Debbie and I have been friends for 47 years. In those early days, Ginger and my mom would often drive us to & from the skating rink on Warren Avenue. As we got older, married and started families of our own, Ginger was always there to support us.

I was blessed to be welcomed into Ginger and Lew's family through my friendship with Debbie. It's true that friends are the family you pick for yourself. Debbie and her daughters (my beautiful Goddaughters) remain closely knit together even though I live far away.

Ginger was a wonderful mom and a beautiful lady and I'll miss her. She has earned her wings and is in heaven with God and her family.

Julie Zimont

November 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Ginger’s passing. I met her in probably 1979 or 1980, while Debbie was dating my brother. Now here we are some 40-odd years later, and their children are 38 and 35, and among them have given Ginger 7 great grandchildren. Ginger always welcomed me and my parents and treated us like family. She was a good wife, mother, and friend. I pray she is resting in God’s arms and basking in the glow of His loving gaze.

Timothy Price

November 23, 2021

Ginger,
What could I say that my heart has already shown to you? You have been a loyal supporter of me and all my efforts. From HS to College to my current career. You and family opened your home and your hearts to me and I am eternally grateful. You always treated me as a son-in-law, more like a son.

I was blessed that I was given the opportunity to hold your hands and hug you this summer. I had no idea it would be my last. We talked a few times since then but a phone call is just not the same as a hug. The news about your passing came way too soon. Again, that is life. The times that stand out the most is our Lobster dinners, Amato days, being together at the house, and listening to your voice when we sent you sent you Chinese food for Mother's Day and other days. Not to mention all the times I lovingly debated with you to watching races, politics and other world topics. I would do them ALL a thousand times over, if I could go back in time.

I made a pledge to you, Lew and my mom to never let Rox want for anything. I will stand by her all the years we have left together. While I am alive, I will continue to be the man that she needs me to be and what you both expectated of me as her husband and friend. I know I still have work left to do. But I will continue to honor that pledge all my days.

I pray our Lord and Savior Jesus has opened the gates for you to pass through them and see the room that HE has prepared for you. I also pray that when you crossed-over into glory that you held the hands of Lew, David, Helen, Richard and many other loved ones once again.

I Love you, and miss you. Until we meet again.

Duane Crabtree

November 23, 2021

I am so sorry that I hadn't gotten to see Ginger in more recent years. I enjoyed visits with her and Darryl and farther back when Lewis was alive as well. God bless the children and grandchildren. With love from Cousin Duane and Sayoko.

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