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“John, Gloria, and George, My sympathy to you and your family. I know you will miss your mom so much. It is so hard to say good-bye to our Mom...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Sue Jungman

“John, Gloria and George and all of your family, We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Betty never saw a stranger and would go out of her...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Rusty and Janis Creveling

“Gloria, my family's thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of mourning. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Wheeler-Frink

“George and all of your families..Sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was a dear soul, I always enjoyed a visit with her, hearing a story about when...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Dinnis Holmes

“To the Crawfords. I have been away from Iowa for most of my life ,but whenever my family and I returned Betty was a wonderfully kind and welcoming...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Allan Crawford & family

“What wonderful memories I have of Betty. When going to her house you were never without a home cooked meal and a smile. She was like another...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: JULIE LIVENGOOD

“John, Gloria, Clark and families, Having known your mother for most of my life, I have wonderful memories through church, and being neighbors. She...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Joan E. Archer

“Crawford Family- Growing up on 15th street, just a few houses away from Clark and Betty, I remember many summers when their pool was full of kids. ...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Heather Griffith

“So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Betty was a lady in every sense of the word and was a friend to everyone. She always expressed...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Jim & Carolyn Young

“We remember so well, taking the kids "trick or treating" at Betty's house and seeing her at D.A.R. lunches. She was a kind and gracious lady and,...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Kim and Leisa Rowley

“We extend our sympathies to you all. What a heritage you have in your parents and grandparents!! Betty was so kind and gentle and so very proud of...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Mick and Carolyn Miller

“We are so sorry to hear of Betty's passing......she was a super lady and loved by many friends. I worked with Clark through PCA and got to know...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Jackie and Roger Uptergrove

“To Holly and her family, I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time. Mrs. K.Williams ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Kim Williams

“Please know I am with you all in thought and prayer during this difficult time. Betty and I shared many happy years together during the time I was...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Margaret Livengood

“To all of the Crawford family What an awesome lady to have had the pleasure of knowing. She gave new meaning to the word classy. I feel honored to...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: kurt and sandy herzberg

Betty Blyth Shields was born August 27, 1924 near Siam, IA, the daughter of Frank Walter Shields and Fannie Reid Shields. Betty passed away at the Clarinda Regional Health Center on Saturday, December 8, 2007.

Betty grew up in the Siam area and graduated from New Market High School in 1941. She attended Northwest MO State University in Maryville, Missouri and received her Normal Training Certificate. She taught rural school both at the Hardee School and the Nixon School (Buchanan Township) in Page County. On June 6, 1942 in Albany, Missouri she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Clark Crawford. Betty lived with her parents until Clark returned home from the Service. Betty and Clark lived their entire married life in or around Clarinda, but never forgot their Taylor County roots.

In her life, Betty most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She reveled in cooking, baking and opened her kitchen and home to all who entered. Betty would often smile and tell wives that the best way to a man's heart was through his stomach! Clark and Betty's home was always filled with company and the family often joked that they ran a hotel and restaurant. Betty loved her home and was very proud of her role as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She also loved her church, the church family and gave much of her time and energy to its activities. Betty was also very proud of her community and made sure that she always supported the local merchants. Betty was an active volunteer at the Nodaway Valley Museum and was so proud of its purpose. She loved playing all games and was
quite a whiz at Scrabble, cards and crossword puzzles.

Betty was a member of the First Christian Church in Clarinda, the Siam Eastern Star, the Nodaway Valley Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion Auxiliary, Semper Fidelis Sorority, the Clarinda Hospital Auxiliary, the Humane Society and many other local civil organizations.

Betty and Clark were blessed with three children, John (1945), Gloria (1947) and George (1954). There are eleven grandchildren: Clark M. Crawford, Carrie Crawford James and husband Kevin, Corey Crawford and wife Alice, Callie Crawford Porter and husband Mick, Aaron Kline and wife Beth, Adam Kline and wife Jen, Holly Kline Gillespie and husband Doug, Mark Kline and wife Autumn, Eric Kline and wife Kelly, Holly Crawford and Hunter Crawford. There are also 13 great grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her children, John Crawford of Clarinda, IA, Gloria Kline and husband Richard of Villisca, Iowa, George Crawford and wife Katie of Clarinda, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Wilma (Billie) Rollstin and husband Robert; sister-in-law, Waive Shields; brother-in-law, Ralph Crawford and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents and grandparents; husband, Clark Crawford; granddaughter, Heather Kline, sister, Ruth Shreck; brother, Reid Shields; brothers-in-law, C.J. Shreck, Dale Crawford and Wade Crawford; sisters-in-law, Mabel Crawford and Lucille Crawford.

Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Clarinda and the Nodaway Valley Historical Society in Clarinda.

Betty's kindness, love and generosity will be missed by all.