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 Dorothy <I>Smith</I> McCrea

Dorothy Smith McCrea

Death 20 Jun 2008 (aged 91)
Burial Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Plot Spencer Add; Lot 87
Memorial ID 27763375 · View Source
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Dorothy Smith McCrea, most beloved and cherished mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died June 20, 2008 in Bloomington, Indiana. She was 91.

She was born August 14, 1916 in Bloomington, Indiana to Herbert and Etta Kirby Smith. She graduated from Indiana University in 1938, honored to have received the Mortar Board and a Varsity "I" sweater for lettering on the Rifle Team each year for four years.

Dorothy and Robert were married on October 14, 1939 in Bloomington, Indiana. In February 1943, Robert was called to duty in the Pacific Theater in WWII, (as a Lieutenant, later promoted to Major, in the US Army).

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. McCrea (d. 1976), her sister Ellen Anne Lloyd (d. 1991), and her great grandson Edward Laurel McCrea (d. 2005, twin of Grant Edward McCrea). She is survived by her children, Barbara Taylor (Jay), David (Elizabeth) and Edward (Vickie), grandchildren, Julia Taylor Broussard (Fred), Sarah Taylor (Bob Guenther), Brian Taylor (Svetlana), Aaron McCrea (Stefanie), Kathryn McCrea Norman (Brian), Robert McCrea and Michael McCrea, and her great grandchildren, Hannah & Maiya Broussard, Megan Guenther, Katya & William Taylor, Grant & Cooper McCrea, and Jack & Annie Norman. She is also survived by her brother -in-law and his wife, Thomas & Jean McCrea of Logansport, Indiana, and her 99 year old aunt, Gayle Kirby, of Peoria, Illinois (formerly of Owen County, Indiana).

She belonged to the First Presbyterian Churches of Bloomington and Naples. She was active in the Conversation Club, Tri Kappa, Daughters of the American Revolution, IU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter (member, Board of Directors), IU Alumni Club of Naples, Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home in Knightstown (member, Board of Trustees), the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (Board of Directors), Bloomington Hospital Fundraising (Co-Chair of a Project with Sarkes Tarzian). Her love of wildlife led her to become a long-standing member of the Nature Conservancy of Naples, Florida.

Dorothy's grandchildren each hold such a dear place in their hearts for "Grammy." She introduced them to the world beyond their homes, taking each of them on an extended trip of their choice, to such places as Europe and Australia, showing them the diversity and beauty of this world. But, more importantly, just as with her children, she was always there for her grandchildren, encouraging them in their interests, delighting in their successes, consoling in their disappointments, being kind and welcoming to their friends and extended families, always letting them know they were loved. And she continued her loving kindness to her great-grandchildren, who love Grammy as dearly as their parents and grandparents do.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM also at the Day Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The Herald-Times, June 23, 2008

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  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27763375
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Smith McCrea (14 Aug 1916–20 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27763375, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Ron (contributor 46936086) .