Marguerite Crawford, a former resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away in Mesa, Ariz., on June 29, 2003. She was 99 years old.
She was born to Franz Siegal Chapman and Mary O'Conner Chapman on Nov. 1, 1903, in Pinnacle, Colo., near Yampa. Her parents moved to Yampa for better schooling opportunities in music, and she went to high school and Barns Business School in Denver.
She married Lindsey Bird in Yampa. He died soon afterward. She went to Steamboat Springs and worked as a bookkeeper at various businesses. She married Webster See in 1927. They owned the Olins Clothing store, a branch of F.M. Light and Sons. After a long illness, he passed away in 1945. She continued to reside in Steamboat.
Besides her many bookkeeping responsibilities, Marguerite always found time for her music interests. She played piano and organ for the Holy Name Catholic Church and was an accompanist for the Kiwanis and Lions clubs. She was also a pianist for several dance bands, including the Star Dusters.
Another great love of hers was horses. She was a member of the Saddle Club and she loved getting out in the backcountry and surrounding areas to ride as often as she could.
Marguerite married Dr. M.L. Crawford in Steamboat on May 4, 1957. They made their home at their beloved cabin, "Suit-Us," on Fish Creek. In the 1970s, they retired to Mesa, Ariz.
Dr. Crawford passed away in 1977. Marguerite continued to live in her Brentwood home until three years ago, when poor health caused a move to the Sacred Heart Adult Care Home, where she passed away.
Marguerite was a part of nature and nature was a part of her, all of which was encompassed by music.
Marguerite leaves two nieces, Grayce Kenyon of Auburn, Calif., and LaVern Smith of Klamath Falls, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Louise Lockhart of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and four stepchildren.
Father William McKay officiated at the rosary July 2, 2003, and the funeral Mass on July 3, 2003, at the All Saints Catholic Church. Interment was in Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, Ariz.