MARBLEHEAD - Maude E. (Jacobsen) Crowley, 92, of Marblehead, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, of complications of heart disease. She was the wife of the late Joseph Crowley, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage.
Born in New York, Sept. 25, 1907, she was the daughter of Hans and Dagney Lun Rude-Jacobsen, who had immigrated respectively from Norway and Denmark. She grew up mostly in Brooklyn, having spent some time living in Alabama and Oyster Bay, Long Island.
In Oyster Bay, she attended church with Theodore Roosevelt, who commissioned her father, a civil engineer, to build a road on his estate. Roosevelt held her and her sister on his lap and in a letter complimented her father on his work and on his attractive children.
Mrs. Crowley attended New York public schools and graduated from Berkeley Institute in Brooklyn in 1925 and Adelphi College. She attended interior decorating and secretarial school and received a bachelor of letters, the equivalent of a master's degree, in journalism from Columbia University in 1932.
After graduation she worked as a full-time reporter for The Mount Vernon Argus.
She married Joseph Crowley of Salem Feb. 28, 1938 and moved with him to Boston, where their only son David was born in 1938.
During World War II, Mrs. Crowley organized a civilian ambulance corps that used converted laundry trucks in expectation of bombing raids by the Germans.
She moved to Marblehead in 1944 and published several children's books. She was involved in many volunteer activities, serving on the board of Abbot Library and acting as a guide at the King Hooper Mansion.
She taught Norwegian and writing in the adult education program of Marblehead High School. She also enjoyed traveling.
Mrs. Crowley is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Crowley of St. Louis, Mo.; her sister-in-law, Lucy Crowley of Salem; her granddaughter, Joahnna Buck; her great-grandchildren, Sunny Lavigne and Jacob and Adison Buck; and her nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Therese Mitchell.
Joseph Esmond Crowley
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