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     Marie Crabtree, age 99, of Liberal, Missouri, passed away at 6:50 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2010 at Truman Healthcare Center in Lamar where she had been a patient for 31/2 years following a stroke.


     Marie was born October 6, 1910, in Barton County, one of the eleven children of Simon Frank and Daisy (Hall) Washburn.  On Christmas Day in 1932, she married Lorren Crabtree and they celebrated 59 years together before his death in 1991   She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Jay, Francis, and Melvin Washburn; and six sisters, Louise Heim, Opal Greiner, Ethel Dermott, Fra Dermott, Elva Washburn, and Nonny Stahl.


     Marie graduated from Lamar High School and later from Pittsburg State University with a teaching degree.  At age 18, she began a thirty year teaching career, first in the rural schools of Barton County, driving a horse and buggy to school.  Later she taught for 24 years at Liberal, teaching second and third grade.  In addition to being a teacher, Marie was a devoted farm wife, and was active in her community as a member of the Bryan Club and Missouri Retired Teachers Association.


     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Sam & Margie Crabtree; a daughter and son-in-law, Sally & Bob Suschnick; four grandchildren and their spouses, Nathan & Elizabeth Crabtree, Paul & Tanya Crabtree, Todd & Tonya Suschnick, Lori & Brent Bartlett; eight great-grandchildren, Mikayla & Chloe Bartlett, Lucas Crabtree, Theodore, Annabell & Samantha Crabtree, and Caleb & Cody Suschnick, all of Liberal; and a large extended family.  


     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 10th, at Daniel Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Garfield officiating.  Burial will be in Barton City Cemetery northeast of Liberal.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Truman Healthcare Center in care of Daniel Funeral Home.





#10 Springfield, MOJerry Jared 2010-07-23 09:28
Sam & Sally:
I was sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. I'm sure you will have many happy memories, however.
Jerry Jared
#9 San Antonio, TexasShannon Washburn 2010-07-14 11:11
My sincerest sympathy to Paul and Tonya, Bob and Sally, Todd and Tonya, Sam and Margie, Lori and Brett for the passing of Aunt Marie.

God bless,

Shannon Washburn
#8 Lampe, MOCyndy and Bill Lamberson 2010-07-10 23:15
Sally, When I think about the thousands of students your mother taught it makes me marvel at the number of people indebted to her. You had her for so many years and know the memories are many. Thinking of you, Cyndy and Bill
#7 Alta Loma CaliforniaHenry Ford 2010-07-10 19:30
I met Marie in Truman Health care when my uncle Wayne Young was there. She use to look forward to Sam picking her up for dinner on Sundays and a visit to the farm. She always had a good word for you when you would pass her room. Aunt Marie Young thought the world of her seeing how she taught with her. I pray for peace for the family. God Bless
#6 Moundville, MoBob & Brenda Sisseck 2010-07-10 05:28
Sam & Sally & families, Sorry for your loss. Your mother lived a long and productive life. She taught my mother Katie Sisseck at Triumph in her early years of teaching and our daughter at Liberal in later years.
#5 LamarBrandy Howard 2010-07-09 20:00
Oh how Miss Marie is already missed. Marie was a very special woman to me. I considered her just like my Grandma. "Grandma Tree" was a very special and very strong independant woman who has left many many memories with me, that I will always cherish. She loved her family and taught me lots about the love you should have for your family and others. I miss her so much yelling at Randy and Dave! If your family ever needs anything I will always be here. You are all in my thoughts and prayers always.
Love Always,
AKA Randy
#4 Dallas, TXRoss Talbott 2010-07-09 12:11
Bob and Sally, Sam and Margie, and families: My thoughts are with you and your families. Your mom was a great lady and my third grade teacher. I remember her hearty laugh whenever she would be tickled about something. She lived a long and rich life filled with many memories. My best to all you. Ross Talbott
#3 Lamar, MOMatt Brown and Family 2010-07-09 04:57
Paul and Tonya, Bob and Sally, Todd and Tonya, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
#2 East of Jerico SpringsTheron & Noble King 2010-07-07 13:06
Sam & family: Our thoughts are with you at this time. Would still be happy to get any updated Crabtree genealogy. We now have 5 Belgians.
#1 Clinton, MOBob and Arvie Fenwick 2010-07-07 06:44
Dear Friends, Sally and Bob, Sam and Margie, and all your family,...... We offer prayers of sympathy for each of you in Marie's passing, and we rejoice with you in the priceless memories of her life. You are so blessed in the many years of togetherness with her. May God help us all to keep our focus on Jesus and that eternal home He has prepared for all those who love and trust Him. Our love to each of you, Bob and Arvie Fenwick

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