CHARLESTON -- Doris Arcella Crabill, September 16, 1931--November 2, 2019
Lemuel Delmar Crabill, November 14, 1925--November 9, 2019
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Doris Arcella Crabill, 88, and Lemuel Delmar Crabill, 93, longtime residents of Charleston, Illinois passed away in Louisville, Kentucky on November 2nd and 9th respectively. They were surrounded by their loving family.
After living in Indiana, New Mexico, Virginia, and Florida, Mom and Dad moved to Charleston in 1963 to make their permanent home. We will never forget the day Dad shared with us that he had purchased his 40 acres of heaven. After “summering” in Fox Ridge State Park, five of us moved into an older home with two bedrooms and one bath. We, as kids, loved the house and the adventures the countryside had to offer but Mom and Dad were ready to build a place with more room on the main road. They oversaw the construction of the house as well as completing some of the work themselves. Dad was a jack of all trades whether it was repairing cars and tractors, raising animals, or singing and playing the piano, but his primary occupation was a math professor at Eastern Illinois University. He earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. Mom, who gardened, mowed the lawn, sewed, and did her share of animal care, attained her desire of pursuing her education and graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. She started and finished her teaching career at Lerna Elementary. Mom and Dad attended the First Baptist Church in Charleston.After retirement, they traveled and purchased a vacation condo in Gulf Shores, AL where they were official “snowbirds”. They loved walking the beach, eating seafood, visiting with family and friends, following University of Illinois and Kentucky basketball (they were March Madness fanatics!), and fishing. Dad was a proud WWII veteran. When their health started to decline, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky to be near their youngest daughter, Jennifer. However, their hearts were rooted in Charleston and their country home, lake, and friends. Mom and Dad were always available to family and we will never forget the fun times we had camping with our Uncle Ben and Aunt Jane, canoeing the Current River, and spending time with our grandmother who lived next door. After having spent 69 years as partners, we are comforted that Mom and Dad were able to exit this earthly life together. Per their requests, there will be no funeral service and burial plans are pending. Mom and Dad will be forever remembered and loved by their friends and extended family, including children, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Donations in honor of their memory may be made to the Eastern Illinois University and University of Illinois Alumni Associations.Respectfully submitted by Steve Crabill, Watersmeet, MI; Nancy Crabill Kawata (Ron), Novato, CA; Dana Crabill Sims (Frank), Mobile, Al; and Jennifer Crabill, Louisville, KY.