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Susan Louise (Sedgwick) Crabtree was born while the family lived in Ephrata, Washington. She was born in the hospital at Soap Lake in 1958.
Susie started her schooling in Moses Lake, Washington, and continued on in the Philippines for three years. Upon returning to the States in 1971, she had a choice of going into the 10th grade, or remaining in the 8th grade with children her age. She made the choice to remain with those her age, and finished through High School in Henderson, Texas.
Upon finishing High School, she chose to go to Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee. It was while she was there in her Freshman year that she met Bobby Crabtree from Kentucky, and they were married during the summer following her freshman year, moving to Fordsville, Kentucky.
Two children were born to that union: Denise and Brett. Denise graduated from High School this year (1998), and was married to Michael Coppage on August 3, 2001. They are the parents of two boys: Tyler and Trevor.
Brett has also graduated from high school and is attending a technical program to learn pipe-fitting. Looks like he will follow in his father's footsteps.
Susie attended a technical school and worked in a hospital at Owensboro, Kentucky for a while, and as a Medical Transcriptionist in the Records Dept. She continued working out of her home as long as she was able. Bobby is a pipefitter, and has worked throughout the area from Indiana to Tennessee. He was recently elected to the office of Business Agent/Financial Secretary/Organizer and serves in an official capacity in the pipefitters' union.
Susie passed away on September 6, 2006, following two years of painful cancer. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. We will keep this page up and try to up-date it from time to time.
TRIBUTE TO A BEAUTIFUL LADY
She suffered much during the past two years, but without a complaint. To the very end she remained as active as she could be. She was in church services on Sunday, August 27th, even though in a wheel-chair and very uncomfortable. The following Sunday, Septembr 3rd, communion was brought to the house by the preacher. At the conclusion, she asked for her purse so that she could make her contribution (which was in the basket the next Sunday). On Wednesday morning, September 6th, Susie Crabtree took her last breath on this earth.
Even though she could not see well, and had double-vision toward the end, she continued working on an afghan that she wanted her mother to have. (Mary Lou had it finished and will treasure it greatly for the effort Susie put into it.)
Susie, you shall be missed by all your loving family, but we rejoice that you are no longer in pain.
(This tribute was written by Susie's father and published in the church bulletin at Mt. Enterprise, TX on September 17, 2006.)
In Memory of
Susan (Sedgwick) Crabtree
“I’ll lend you for a little while,
God’s Lent Child
A child of mine,” God said —
“For you to love the while she lives,
And mourn for when she’s dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or forty-two or three;
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for me?
She’ll bring her charms to gladden you
And—(should her stay be brief) —
You’ll have her lonely memories
As a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
Since All from Earth return;
But there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over
In My search for teachers true:
And from the things that crowd life’s land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love?
Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?”
I fancied that I heard them say —
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter her with tenderness,
And we’ll love her while we may —
And for the happiness we’ve known
Forever grateful stay.
But should Thy angels call for her
Much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.”
~ Unknown author.
Adapted for this page.