Marilyn Janice (Mooneyham) Crawford, 85, of Salina, died Tuesday June 25, 2019. She was born September 1, 1933 in Lincoln, Kansas, the daughter of James D. and Emma D. (Kruckenberg) Mooneyham.
She graduated from Beverly Rural High School in 1951 and St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend, Kansas in 1954. Marilyn married Royce K. Crawford in 1955 and started her nursing career in Lincoln awaiting Royce’s return from duty in Korea. During her nursing career, Marilyn worked in the emergency room, obstetrics, medical surgery and rehabilitation. They started their family in Jefferson City, Missouri and relocated to Hays, Kansas where they raised their daughters. In 1972, the Crawfords opened the ABC Kiddie Shop, a children’s clothing store, until 1978. After managing the store, Marilyn returned to rehabilitation nursing. In the early 80’s, the rehab physician encouraged Marilyn to become a massage therapist. She practiced massage therapy at The Hadley Wellness Center and later had her own business. When Marilyn retired, she enjoyed domestic and international adventures.
Marilyn’s deep faith in God carried her through the difficult journey of having ALS. She weaved her spiritual values into her daily life and frequently expressed it to her family. She was very involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren making all their activities a priority. Her home cooked meals and baked goods are a source of fond memories and her library of cookbooks and recipes will be enjoyed for many years.
Marilyn was an avid recycler and saw value in everything. She loved nature, animals, genealogy and being engaged in the family farm. Throughout her life, Marilyn was active in Lutheran church ministries and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority as well as volunteering for a variety of organizations. Marilyn’s lively personality enabled her to connect with everyone she met. Friendships were a priority and she maintained lasting relationships throughout her life.
Marilyn is survived by three daughters, Suzanne M. Dougherty (Bruce) of Kansas City, Andrea J. Leavitt (David) of Overland Park and Lisa A. Denk (Timothy) of Andale; and five grandchildren, Jacob Dougherty (Kelli) of Texas, Luke Leavitt, Harrison Denk, Ethan Denk, and Gillian Denk.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, James Ray Mooneyham.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salina. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to: Marilyn Crawford Schoolhouse Fund in c/o Bank of Tescott, 101 E Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS 67455; Lincoln Arts Center, 126 E Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS 67455; ALS Assoc, MidAmerica Chapter, 6950 Squibb Road, Suite 210, Mission, KS 66202.
Online condolences at www.ryanmortuary.com.