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OBITUARY

Carol Ann Crews

July 30, 1942July 12, 2018
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Carol Ann Crews, age 75, of Portland, Oregon passed away on Thursday July 12, 2018. Carol was born July 30, 1942 in Gooding , Idaho. She was the daughter of Clinton and Lucille Crews and was raised in Portland, Oregon, along with her three sisters and one brother. Carol graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1960. Her primary occupation was working for the phone company as a long-distance operator and manager. She was employed for 45 years with the phone company and was the second longest tenured employee in their history when she retired in 2006. Carol was always dependable, loyal and trustworthy. She was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. When Carol made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. Just some of the things that all of Carol’s family and friends knew, and will still remember, are her caring nature, thoughtfulness, acceptance of others and her big heart. These qualities are just some of the reasons that Carol was such a popular person and will be missed by her family and friends. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.skylinememorialgardens.com for the Crews family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Christina Driscoll
  • Debbie Davis
  • Brian Kress
  • Zachary Kress
  • Jeff Driscoll
  • Richard Crews
  • Tanner Crews
  • Butch Crews

Services

  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

Carol Ann Crews

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Karen Bacon

July 23, 2018

Carol: We are sisters by birth and my best friend for always . Thank you for being a second mother to me. I could always call you, you were never to busy to talk to me. When my whole world fell apart you were there to hold me up. You were the source of strength, and encouraged me to stand strong. Thank you for loving Brian and Debbie and my grandkids. I will remember the sisters days we had with Bonnie. The fun we had doing things together . It breaks my heart to know I will never see you or talk to you on this earth again, we can do that when I get to heaven. I know you are in a safe place with God, Mom and Dad. You called me "sissy" when we were kids, so this is your "sissy" saying goodbye for now. You will always be in my heart and mind. See you when I get to heaven, Love Karen

Butch Crews

July 22, 2018

Carol was what big sisters were made of. Watching over me and my other sisters, making sure other kids in the neighborhood weren't picking on us, giving us advice whether we wanted it or not. Even after we all got older she would call just to see how we were doing and to hear how life was treating us. I'll miss talking to her and giving each other a bad time-all in fun. I'll have another guardian angel watching over me the rest of my life. Thanks for being my Big Sister, Your pain in the neck little brother Butch

Debbie Benz

July 22, 2018

Dear Carol, Thank you for being one of my first supervisors at the telephone company. By example, you demonstrated the importance of dependability. I guess we'll never get over the surprise of me meeting Butch shortly after his wife's death, in a Hallmark card department, while he was buying your nephew Richard a birthday card. As soon as he said, "She had the second longest tenure," I knew it was you. Kitty and I reminisced about the cinnamon roles in the company cafeteria at the downtown operators building and caught up on old times. Until we all meet again-I'll keep an eye on Butch!

Janice Jarvis

July 22, 2018

I worked with Carol for many years in operator services. She and I supervised together and I always enjoyed working with her. I was so sad to hear she had passed. After our retirements we would call each other off and on and talk and laugh about memories we had while working together. She was a dear friend and co-worker and I will miss her. Janice

Judi Cox

July 19, 2018

Carol was a very kind hearted person. She told me she considered all the operators she supervised as her children. She was always kind to me and I am glad that she blessed my life.

Bonnie Driscoll

July 18, 2018

Carol,

Sisters since birth, best friends forever. You were my second mother. Mom and Dad told you to take care of and watch out for me and you took that to heart. You took care of me and made sure I was safe as a child, and as an adult. As we grew older I did my best to take care of you and do everything I could to help you in return. You were a source of strength for everyone in the family. Thank you for loving Jeff and Chrissy, and my grand kids Alli and Brady, taking care of them like they were your own. All of us could turn to you for someone to talk to and help us out. I will always remember the “sisters” days together with Karen, you and me. We had such good times having lunch together, going to the casinos or renting a beach house and spending time together with our kids. It breaks my heart knowing I will never see or talk to you again. I know you’re in a better place, in heaven with God, Mom and Dad. Mom is there to take care of you and keep you safe, and that gives me comfort and peace of mind. You will be in my heart and mind forever.

Andrea Crews

July 17, 2018

Aunt Carol 22 years ago this Friday you accepted me as your niece and have done so everyday since. I am truly honored to call you my aunt. I will miss you dearly!!!

Jeff Driscoll

July 17, 2018

"When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure."

I have so many memories of you Aunt Cool, that I'll never forget..... like staying at your house with my cousins in the summer, going to the beach, new years eve parties, Christmas, birthday parties, and so many more. You were always such a fun, kind, caring, thoughtful, and giving person. Even though you are gone, I will always keep memories of you and your incredible traits, with me in my heart.

A beautiful soul is never forgotten.

Christina Driscoll

July 17, 2018

Aunt Cool, I didn't think it was possible to have a heart so full of love, but also be broken at the same time. You provided so much happiness in my life and your guidance was always appreciated. You were a great role model of the kind hearted, caring, nurturing, protective and fun Auntie that I want to be for my niece and nephew. Love you always.

Debbie Davis

July 17, 2018

Auntie, Thank you for being like a second Mother to me, I will always be grateful to you. I will cherish and remember all of the life lessons you taught me and all the good times and laughter we shared. You will always be in my heart and I love you very much!

Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Carol Ann Crews. She was a warm hearted and well-liked individual. These wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a friendly, amiable and good-natured person. She was someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities were a part of Carol's personality throughout her life.
She was the daughter of Clinton and Lucille Crews. Carol was raised in Portland, Oregon, along with four siblings; three sisters and one brother. Sisters were Karen Bacon (Floyd), Bonnie Driscoll (Joe) and was predeceased by Patricia "Fern" Fowlds (John). Brother was Clinton "Butch" Crews (late wife Judi.) Carol and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another. Carol was always like a second mother, taking care of everyone.
Carol graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1960. Her primary occupation was working for the phone company as a long-distance operator and manager. She was employed for 45 years with the phone company and was the second longest tenured employee in their history when she retired in 2006. Throughout her employment she became good friends with Charmain Vannick and many coworkers from the phone company. A generous and compassionate woman, Carol accomplished much during her lifetime. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Carol was acknowledged and given awards for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included numerous recognitions for her outstanding service in emergency situations while as an operator. She was personally recognized for saving multiple lives and managing emergency situations.
Carol was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. She was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. When Carol made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. Just some of the things that all of Carol’s family and friends knew, and will still remember, are her caring nature, thoughtfulness, acceptance of others and her big heart. These qualities are just some of the reasons that Carol was such a popular person throughout her life and adored by her family.
Carol enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies and interests. Her favorite pursuits were coin and stamp collecting, anything to do with cats, also she loved and collected music boxes. As an avid reader, she collected Agatha Christie novels, Little House on the Prairie series, Anne of Green Gables collection and many more. Throughout her later years, Carol was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers retirement group, supported OPB, the Oregon Humane Society and ASPCA. In retirement, she found pleasure in reading, going to casinos, mastering crossword puzzles, watching old movies, spending time with her family and spoiling her nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and great nephews.
Carol enjoyed traveling, but she rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included going to the beach, her favorite being Lincoln City. She always looked forward to and enjoyed going to Reno and Spirit Mountain Casino.
Carol was a lover of animals and cherished her pet cats, including Squeaky, Samantha and one of her favorites was Pistol. All kitties extraordinaire, who were her best friends for years and years. Carol's family was rounded out by her love and caring of the neighborhood stray and feral cats.
She is survived by her three siblings Karen Bacon (Floyd), Clinton "Butch" Crews and Bonnie Driscoll (Joe); three nieces Michelle Caroll, Debbie Davis, Christina Driscoll; five nephews Doyle Crews, Brian Kress, Richard Crews, Jeff Driscoll and Christopher Fowlds; five great nieces and six great nephews. Carol will be laid to rest at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland, Oregon.
Carol was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. Carol was a caring person, sentimental, sensitive, generous and nice. What friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding, kind and loving. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Carol Ann Crews. She is loved and will truly be missed.