Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lucile Francis (Stiker) Crowe - 1900-1969

This one's for the girls.  I realized that I haven't really given my female ancestors enough attention, so here's what I know about my great grandmother:

Lucile Francis Stiker ("Mom" Crowe) was born on 20 Aug 1900 in Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana.  She is the fourth of 7 children born to Eugene F. and Jeannette "Jennie" C. (Heerdink) Crowe.  She is found first with her parents and siblings on the 1910 US Census.  They lived at 918 West 2nd Street in Mt. Vernon, Posey County, Indiana, on both the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

Several months after the 1920 census was taken, Lucile married a handsome young soldier, Harold John Crowe, on 16 September 1920, and moved to Indianapolis.  They had four children between November 1921 and December 1926, the third being my grandmother.

She is then found with her husband and children on the 1930 census living at 1637 Raymond Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Around 1950, Lucile went to work as a saleslady at L.S. Ayres & Co. in Indianapolis.  She worked there until 1965, when she retired.  This is obviously where I got my shopping genes.

I've been told that Mom Crowe's sole purpose in life was to make sure everyone was happy.  In the last months before her death, Lucile stayed with her daughter, Jeannette, who had a "Florida room" on the back of her house where she had placed a rented hospital bed for her mother.  One day, most of the family (kids, grandkids, etc.) came over and the children were outside playing.  One of the grandchildren, around age 4, was "tightrope walking" on top of the white wooden fence.  Even from her sick bed, she was concerned that he might fall and get hurt, so she started raising all kinds of heck for someone to get him down.

Mom Crowe passed away on 20 June 1969 in Indianapolis at the age of 68, and is buried next to her husband in Calvary Cemetery.

As you can see, there are a lot of gaps in her biography, and (which you probably can't see) I am also missing quite a bit of documentation for her, such as her birth and death certificates.  Her to-do list has been updated and I hope to obtain the missing documentation soon.


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