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Virginia L. Crabtree

Published on -8/9/2014, 5:30 PM

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Virginia L. Crabtree, 99, Ransom, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Ransom.

She was born April 1, 1915, in Saline County to Maurice and Laura (Stone) Briand. She graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Fort Hays State University in the summers.

She spent most of her adult life in Arnold and Ransom. At age 50, she commuted to FHSU several times a week, completing a double degree in art and education, with certification as a reading specialist. She taught first and second grades at Ransom Elementary until her retirement.

She enjoyed visual art (still life and landscapes), tapestry and other needlework, quilting, and writing.

She was a member of the Ransom United Methodist Church and Between the Lines Book Club of Ransom.

Survivors include a son, James and wife, Maril, Mission; a sister, Kay Rogers, Overland Park; a granddaughter, Virginia Lore, Seattle; a grandson, James and wife, Tiffany, Mission; four great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jamie, Penny, and Sar; two sisters-in-law, Marcella Briand, Ness City, and Myrtle Briand, Arnold; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Crabtree; an infant son, David; a daughter, Jacquelyn; three brothers, June, Hal, and Sol; and a sister, Joyce.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City; private family inurnment will be in Arnold Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Prairie (Dodge City), Rhode Island Suites Residential Care Center (Ransom), or the Ransom Public Library, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.fitzgeraldfuneral.com.

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