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Born: Dec 19, 1937

Date of Passing: Apr 12, 2022

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December 19, 1937 - April 12, 2022

Unexpectedly on April 12, 2022, Elizabeth Keown Crawford, 84, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away in St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022 at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, with a catered reception afterwards. Private interment will follow, also at Glen Eden.
Elizabeth was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents, Thomas and Annie (nee Tilson) Crawford on December 19, 1937. She married Samuel Crawford on October 10, 1957 at St. Enoch's Church in Belfast and together they immigrated to Canada shortly after. Mom was terribly seasick and spent most of the voyage in her cabin. She never did find her sea legs and avoided all bodies of water for the rest of her life. Once they docked in Montreal, they made their way to Winnipeg where they lived for the next 60-plus years. As a hard-working wife and mother, mom had several jobs over the years in addition to raising five kids. She started out working as a hotel chambermaid and eventually retired as an over-night supervisor at the Salisbury House on Main and Matheson.
Mom was forever busy around the house and yard. She rarely made time for herself, focusing instead on looking after her husband, children, grandchildren, home and yard. When she did have some quiet time, she loved to read, visit with her friends, and knit a never-ending supply of scarves, mittens and slippers. She also loved bowling and belonged to a league back in the 1970s.
Mom was a member of the Transit Wildlife Association since the late 60s. Mom and dad spent their summers at the Transit Lodge on Eleanor Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Mom was never idle when she was there, either. The Lodge required lots of upkeep and, along with dad and other members, she worked hard during her summer vacations. We could occasionally talk mom into going for a boat ride or dipping her toes in the lake, but she preferred to keep her feet on the earth and leave the water sports to others. It was only dad who could talk her into going out fishing in the boat for a couple of hours.
Although mom lived the majority of her life in Winnipeg, Ireland was always Home. She was raised in Belfast by her godmother who she affectionately called her granny. Mom came from a very small family and we don't know much about her parents, but mom was especially close to her Aunty Kathleen Haggerty, Kathleen's husband Hubert and their daughter Anne.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Samuel Clarke Crawford in February 2022.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Marlene, Samuel, Robert, Donna (Kris Hagen), and Kathy. Grandchildren, Adam (Randey Goetz) and Keown Jenken, Sam and Stacey Crawford, Robin, Rachel, Raquel and Nicole Crawford, and Kristen Genaille. Great-Grandchildren, Ariel, Austen, Shyla, and Tatum.
In Ireland, Elizabeth is survived by her cousin Anne; sisters and brothers-in-law, Iris, Stuart (Elizabeth), Sarah, Mary (Barry), Hester, Marlene (Jim) Murray, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3, 204-982-2021.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Grandma, I miss you & Love you so much . You were an amazing woman and I will always remember you and your beautiful smile. Thank you for being there for me, guiding me with your wisdom, and just being a beautiful person that made this world a better place with your presence. Always someone I can confide in and go to for advice. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you . The special bond you had with my Shyla your great-grandaughter. I am so happy you got to be apart of her life. We Love & miss you & we will forever hold you close to our hearts β€οΈπŸ’ŒπŸ’˜πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’“πŸ’žπŸ’•πŸ’‹πŸ₯°πŸ˜ͺπŸ’” - Posted by: Robin Crawford (Granddaughter ) on: Mar 24, 2023

  • I will forever miss you granny! You were such an amazing women. Our most recent conversation I will forever hold onto. All the memories growing up with you in my life are so precious… I’ll miss your sense of humour and the laughs and smiles we’ve shared, I love you and miss you forever. - Posted by: Rachel Crawford (Granddaughter ) on: May 02, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to the Crawford family!...for your loss of your mother Elizabeth, whom I loved as a mother also. Elizabeth was a righteous woman, and I will always remember her kind hearted gestures towards my children! (Her 3 granddaughters, the twins Rachel, Robin and her 3rd Granddaughter Elizabeth!....I will always think of you and keep you forever in my heart,...Betty taught me how to work a cash register when I was employed by her receiving me a job working under her wing...She always encouraged me to achieve and I will never forget this either,...She was always dropping over to our house to check on the littles one bringing so many gifts of clothes and hugs for her granddaughter's My children loved their grandmother so much...And I remember her always be their first Christmas morning to greet them with her loving arms!...May the Lord keep her in peace beyond human understanding in his loving embrace!... Dana Moore( Crawford)...when I married her son Robert!...I was so happy to become a Crawford and received her as a Mother-in-law as well...Dana Moore(nee Maartense) - Posted by: Dana Moore(Crawford).. (Daughter-in-law...) on: Apr 26, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to Sam and family. I recall many times how Paul and Sam would describe how kind, generous and patient Mrs. Crawford was to them as young energetic boys. RIP Mrs. Crawford. - Posted by: Paul Kehler and sandy (Friend's of Sam's ) on: Apr 24, 2022

  • So sorry to hear about your moms passing from all the Shushkewich family. first your dad then my dad then your mom its been a few bad months for our families. Your mother was a very nice lady, rip betty she is now with your dad together again. As my dad is together with my mother too. - Posted by: peggy shushkewich -buffie (friends) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • Very sad to hear of the passing of both big Sam and his wife. I knew Sam was a good friend of my dad and Joe. I met Mrs. Crawford a few times on Tweed Ave. My condolences to the Crawford family. God bless. George Ross Jr. - Posted by: george ross jr (friend) on: Apr 23, 2022

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