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 Lula Pearl <I>Crouch</I> Smalley

Lula Pearl Crouch Smalley

Birth
Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA
Death 14 Nov 2007 (aged 88)
Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, USA
Burial Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 101366331 · View Source
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Former Grants Pass resident L. Pearl Rice Smalley, 88, of Brookings died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, Calif.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors, with Don Ruhl, minister, officiating. Interment will follow at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.since1928hull.com. Contributions may be made to the Church of Christ, P.O. Box 6508, Brookings, OR 97415; or to South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings, OR 97415.

Smalley was born March 18, 1919, in Grants Pass to Ernest R. and Daisy (Hendricks) Crouch. She was raised on the Rogue River at her parents' fruit orchard, where she worked until graduating from Grants Pass High School. After high school, she was elected Cave Princess and traveled to San Francisco with the Grants Pass Cavemen Association. She worked for Judge Orville Millard at the Josephine County Courthouse.

On June 3, 1941, she married R. Wallace Rice, who died in October 1989. While raising her children, she worked in various offices at the courthouse in the positions of court reporter, deputy sheriff (legal), deputy county clerk, in the County Elections Department, and as judge pro tem for Judge Louis Rafferty.

In her late 40s, she attended Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University), where she earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught at Glendale, Murphy and Fruitdale elementary schools. After the death of her first husband, she married L. Vurrell "Red" Smalley, who survives. They moved to Brookings, where they enjoyed many years in their beach house overlooking the harbor. For three years she was a municipal judge in Brookings.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the Rebekah Lodge. She served as president of the Grants Pass Women's Club and the Rotary Anns. She enjoyed painting, gardening, sewing, cooking, reading and playing Scrabble. She also enjoyed her two dachshunds.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Richard W. Rice of Surprise, Ariz.; a daughter, Barbara Rice Erickson of Sunny Valley; a stepdaughter, Janice Brown of Prescott, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A son, Tom Rice, died May 23, 2002.


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  • Created by: Mark Johnson
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101366331
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lula Pearl Crouch Smalley (18 Mar 1919–14 Nov 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101366331, citing Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Mark Johnson (contributor 47221397) .