Edna Mae Crow, 90, of Cresco
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:40 AM
Edna Mae Fagner Crow, 90, of Cresco, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Evans Memorial Home, in Cresco.
She was born June 9, 1922, to Marie and Nels Larsen in rural Lime Springs, Iowa. She attended Forest City Township School and graduated from Cresco High School in 1940, where she had enjoyed softball and basketball. She attended a business school in Davenport and two years later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where she used her skills as a stenographer while stationed in Hawaii/California, and was discharged Dec. 28, 1945.
She married Dale Fagner, Sr., on June 18, 1946, and raised eight children on their Lime Springs farm. They attended the Bonair United Methodist Church where they filled up a church pew. She also sold Fashion Frocks and Tupperware products. She mentored many young women through her work as a 4-H leader.
Her acting debut was on the Cresco Community Theatre stage in "My Fair Lady," where she was literally knocked off her feet, regained her role and said her lines. She won a number of spelling bee contests at the Howard County Fair. Because of her love for photography she was a natural as the Historian for the Lime Springs American Legion Post #545, Zion United Methodist Church and the Cresco Historical Society. She also served as a news reporter representing the Bonair Community. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the neighborhood Stop & Go Club.
She married Ted Crow on May 30, 2009 and together they traveled and danced the world.
Survivors include her husband, Ted Crow of Cresco; her eight children, Althea (Norm) Bennett of Cedar Rapids, Dianne Fagner of Des Moines, Barbara (Larry) Sallis of Waterloo, Marlene (Gary) Aspenson of Cresco, Dale (Julie) Fagner, II, of Elkader, Janel (Gary) Langreck of Cresco, David (Lynette) Fagner of Wilton, Dean (Tracy) Fagner of Durango, Colo., and their families; siblings, Shirley Tuccillo of Brooklyn, N.Y., Albert Larsen of Edgar, Wis., and Grace Bronner of Decorah; 10 step-children and their families.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dale Fagner, Sr.; four brothers, Sherman, Harry, Nels and Richard Larsen.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 15, at the Cresco United Methodist Church in Cresco. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.