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LaVerda "Marlene" Crawford

Laverda Marlene Crawford, age 81, passed away Saturday August 8, 2020, at Azira Health Broadwell Nursing Home in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Under the circumstances with COVID, the family has chosen to not put any of the family, relatives, and the many friends at any risk. Also to be noted by all, her passing was not COVID related.

Family services will be announced and held at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary, Aurora, NE is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in care of the family to be designated later. Condolences may be mailed or e-mailed to the family through the mortuary and website at www.higbymortuary.com

OBITUARY: LaVerda Marlene Crawford

LaVerda "Marlene" Crawford was born on December 2, 1938, in Marquette NE to Ralph M. and LaVerda G (Newhouser) Fowler. Marlene had two older siblings, Ronald and Robert. She spent her childhood years in the Marquette area, then transferred to Aurora Public School in fall of 1950. Marlene was a Harvest of Harmony Queens Court in 1955. She graduated from Aurora High School in 1956. Following graduation, she was secretary to E. D. Humann, Superintendent of Aurora Schools.

February 8, 1957, she married Larey L. Crawford. They lived in Aurora for a short time, then moved to Omaha, NE. While in Omaha, Larey and Marlene's three children were born. Marlene also worked for the Ralston Bank while living in Omaha. In 1965 they moved to Alda, NE. to be closer to family. In 1970 they moved to Phillips NE. In Phillips, Marlene became very active in the Phillips Methodist Church. She worked for the Aurora Public Schools, Heritage Bank in Aurora, and Phillips Post Office before retiring in 1995. At that time Larey and Marlene purchased a motor home and began traveling to Arizona for the winters, coming back to Phillips in the summers. She enjoyed swimming, walking and talking, crafts, and all the activities with her many friends for several years.

She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being a social person, Marlene never knew a stranger and always had a smile for those she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws, brothers Ronald and Robert Fowler and her daughter, LeAnn Crawford. She is survived by her husband, Larey of Grand Island NE, her 2 sons, John (Kim) of Aurora NE, Todd (Jody) of Greer SC., 4 grandchildren, Samantha (Andy) Palensky, Lyndlee (Dave) Mansfield, Kearsten (Spencer) Bures, & Joshua Philips, 5 great-grandchildren, Paxton, Leighton, and Emerson Palensky, Maelee and Max Bures, plus many other relatives, nieces, nephews and friends.

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