Deirdre "Dee Grace" Crandall
Dee was born on April 14, 1938, in Berkeley, Calif., and she left this earth on March 3, 2007, after losing her battle to lung cancer. However, this was not without a fight. She was the most positive and strong person and thought that she could still beat this, until about two days prior to her passing. She had so much left to do, and so many memories to make with her new husband and her family.
She graduated from high school in 1956, and married her high school sweetheart in 1957. She was married for 46 years, until her husband died on October 27, 2003. She was always the most loving person, and never thought of remarrying, until she met Wallace Crandall, who swept her off of her feet and she fell "HARD." They married on October 16, 2006 and he was her "ROCK." Their marriage was short, but boy what you can pound into a 14-month relationship when you know the end is near. They had immense love for each other and we (the family) love him to death. He was so good for her, and I hope he can move on, and live the rest of his life to the fullest, as this is what she would have wanted for him.
Dee had such an active life. She worked odd jobs throughout her years and ran the bookkeeping for her first husband's electrical business. She mostly cared about others and spent her time in 1989 and 1990 caring for her twin grandsons, as she would have it no other way. She was their caregiver while mom and dad were at work, for those first two years. She volunteered at "her boys" grandsons' school, volunteered at nursing homes, worked with developmentally disabled persons and baby-sat friends and neighbors' children often. She was not a just baby sitter kind of gal. She impacted all of these childrens' lives, as she was so "hands on," with stories, arts, crafts, sewing, doll making, quilting, crocheting, baking, gardening, building things, sculpting, teaching the children about the disabled, etc. Every one of them was touched in such a way by her, that she will always be remembered as being the greatest grandma, even to those children who were not her biological grandchildren.
In her first husband's last days, she would have it no other way, but she herself caring for him 24/7 in her home, with help from her daughter. This was what he wanted, this was what she wanted, and this was the only way it would play out. He passed at home and she was given the same support, comfort, and peacefulness to pass at home with her daughter and husband's care.
She is survived by her husband, Wallace Crandall; sister, Deborah Alton; children, Richard Grace, Steve Grace, and Kathy Parks. She also loved her childrens' spouses and considered them her own as well. Kathy's husband, Virgil is "her son" in her eyes. She also loved her daughter-in-law, Linda, Rick's wife, and Karen Ashworth, who has been a part in Steve's life for so many years. However, she also had the love, and claimed the following as "her kids" as well; Kristy Hicks, Margaret Hamre-Smith, Michele Taal, and Sherri Booth. These were all "her girls," friends of her daughters. She also loved and claimed Chuck, who has Down Syndrome, as one of her sons. She spent the past six years sharing time with him with her favorite past times of bowling, swimming, walking the mall, crafts etc. Her grandsons, and extended grandchildren spent time with Chuck as well, and considered him part of the family.
She had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild including, Jennifer Grace (great grand-daughter Dori's mother), Daniel Grace, Joseph Parks, and Joshua Parks. She also claimed Kristy Hick's children, James Hicks and Alyssa Hicks as her extended grandchildren. They called her Grandma Dee, and loved her like no other. Being a mother and grandmother were the joy of her life and her greatest accomplishment.
There will be no formal services. However, there will be a celebration of life at her daughter's home at 1466, Montclair Terrace, Medford, Oregon on Saturday, March 10th, 2007 at Noon. The family requests that if anyone has pictures during her life they could share, it would be greatly appreciated.