Linda Kay Crowl
March 15, 1939 ‒ January 11, 2018
“It’s One Day at a Time and Waiting On The Lord.”
Linda K. Crowl, 78, with family at her side, entered into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, January 11th.completely healed.
She is no longer confined to a body that endured the ravages of a brain aneurysm, leaving her paralyzed on the right side since age 37.
Born on March 15, 1939 in Loudonville, Ohio to Ralph and Doris Enoch, Linda was the third of four children. She graduated from Madison High School, moved to Mansfield and raised three children.
Long before the brain aneurysm robbed her of the use of her right side, she played the piano and organ professionally. In addition, she enjoyed making music on the glockenspiel & steel guitar. Her creative talents led her to professional cake decorating and hand designing gorgeous blown eggs. She enjoyed camping, family trips out west and on the adventurous side, motorcycle riding.
Linda pursued her dream of becoming a nurse and upon completion of her first year in the nursing program, she faced the challenge of her life. Against all odds, she survived the aneurysm repair and persevered through all the surgeries and rehab.
Her home for the past 23 ½ years was Lexington Court Care Center and her extended family were the staff and residents. Brenda Workman, Activity Director, stated she was very active from morning till night and participated in all the events. She knew exactly what was on the calendar for the day. Linda attended “every single coffee hour”, trips to Malabar Farm, Marblehead Lighthouse, Richland County Fair, Resurrection Parish for Bingo & lunch once a month, music therapy, and assisted with teaching the exercise group. The Spring Spectacular at the Renaissance Theatre was by far her favorite trip. She formerly held office as “resident council” often providing constructive feedback. Her talent for playing the piano and organ earned her a monthly time slot, “Music by Linda”, on the activities calendar.
Receptionist Linda Jones said, “I love her to pieces. Every morning we gave hugs and said I love you.”
According to the staff, it’s unanimous… “her back scratches and back rubs” were the best! “She was very happy here; she was the belle of the ball and bragged about how long she’s been here.”
She bought chips, bananas and candy bars to give away. Always so grateful for the smallest things. Not one conversation with her, ever ended without her saying, “and thank you for the time.”
Linda loved playing cards, so much so, that she and a former neighbor across the hall, the late Ruth Martin would awaken at 4:30am to begin playing at 5:00am and continuing until breakfast at 7:30am.
Rose Wilcox, her roommate now for more than a year, shared the following story; “At first I resented being here, but she always said good morning…she was the kindest person. I never heard a bad word about anything or anybody.” “Even the way she said thank you…it was genuine, when she said it, you knew she meant it.” Recently Rose and Linda started playing cards, “Linda would tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘play cards’?”
Prior to dinner you could listen to the beautiful music she played on the piano, using only her left hand. On occasion she played duet with another resident and also enjoyed assisting a church group.
Brenda Workman noted that “last week she played Amazing Grace”, other favorites were “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Linda’s musical gift blessed many people.
There will be a void and a silence for quite a while.
Linda was fiercely independent and incurably optimistic! She demonstrated abundant patience and exemplified the “Fruit of the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
She had an unwavering faith in God and quite calmly and peacefully accepted her recent diagnosis of bladder cancer. She was ready to meet Jesus. When asked if she thought she would play the piano in heaven, her response was an emphatic,” NO, the Harp!”
She is survived by her children; James (Debra) Crowl, Barbara (Michael) Wickham, Rick (Becky) Crowl; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; two sisters Karen Stiteler of Mansfield and Jeanne Bredbeck of South Carolina and her extended family including, staff and residents at Lexington Court Care Center.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, brother Dick Enoch and her best friend, Ruth Martin.
A memorial service will be held at Snyder Funeral Home in Bellville, Ohio on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio and may be made through the Funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Linda’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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