Jean McMurry Crowther, 96, passed away on June 11, 2017, in Orange City, FL.
She was born on July 2, 1920, in Nashville, TN, to Elizabeth Lemmon and Charles Taylor McMurry and was the eldest of four siblings.
She grew up in Miami, FL, attended Stetson University in Deland, FL, and joined the United States Navy WAVES in 1942.
She served in Norfolk, VA, where she met her husband-to-be at an Officers’ Club dance. Jean married Herbert Allan Crowther, Jr. of Moundsville, WV, on November 21, 1945, after their service in the US Navy was completed. Their first home was the Crowther farm in Marshall County, WV.
Her family was the most important part of her life. Jean and Allan were the parents of two daughters and two sons growing up in Wheeling, WV, and Chagrin Falls, OH. The family enjoyed vacations and holidays at their farm in Marshall County, WV, and camping and canoe trips near their summer home at Duck Lake near Port Loring, Ontario, Canada.
She shared a love of nature and respect for the environment through birding, gardening, wildcrafting and planting trees. She also served her community through many service and social organizations including Oglebay Institute, PEO, OVGH Twig, and Marshall County Extension Homemakers.
She loved reading and book clubs, music and concerts, and enjoyed acting in Wheeling’s Towngate community theater. For many years she was an active golfer, skeet shooter, hiker, and even snowmobiled in the Canadian winters. She and Allan traveled widely from the Caribbean islands, across Canada on the Trans-Canadian Railway, and throughout Europe.
She and her husband retired first to Niceville, FL, and then John Knox Village in Orange City, FL.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her three siblings, William, Elizabeth, and Donald, and her husband, Allan.
She is survived by her daughter Kristin Thacher and husband Robert of Albuquerque, NM; her son H. Allan Crowther, III and wife, Kathy of St. Helena Island, SC; daughter Diane Crowther of Wheeling, WV; and son David M. Crowther and wife Pat of Largo, FL. She is survived by six grandchildren, Matthew (Anita); Sarah (Lance); Brianna, Savannah, Jarrod (Erika); and Geoff; and great- grandchildren Macsen, Amira, Lilianna, Jurgen, Johan, Mikala, Ian, and Aden. She was also surrounded by a loving network of nephews, nieces, extended family, and friends.
A private family memorial service will be held later this year in WV.