Helen Emma Crawford

05/02/1918 — 07/04/2004

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Denver, Colorado

Helen Emma Crawford

Surrounded by her son and two daughters, Helen Crawford, went to be with her Lord & Savior on July 4, 2004. Helen was born on May 2, 1918 in Denver, Colorado to Guy & Mamie Wooten. She grew up and went to school in Ford, Kansas. From an early age, she was both an artist and musician winning first place in an all Kansas high school violin competition. She played the violin, trumpet, organ and piano throughout her life.

Helen married Rev. Harry Dawson in December, 1937 and had one son, Harry Eugene Dawson. Rev. Dawson passed away in 1944. For the next several years, she was a song evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene. In July, 1951 she married a widower, Rev. J.T. Crawford of Texas. He had two young daughters, Genell and Faye, whom she adored. J.T. and Helen had 46 years together until he went home to heaven in December, 1997. They pastored churches in Texas, Nevada, Mississippi and Washington until moving to Richland, WA in 1977 to care for Helen's sister, Norma.

Helen spent 53 years as a pastor's wife and loved every minute of it. Helen was devoted to her husband, children and her sister, Norma. She cherished her church family and the many ''angels'' from Richland Nazarene who ministered to her.

Helen is survived by her children Genell and husband Dr. Talmadge Johnson of Nashville, Tn.; Gene Dawson of Selah, Wa.; Faye Crawford-Jones and husband Duane Jones of Scottsdale, Az. She also leaves 3 grandchildren - Michael Johnson and wife Sarah of Nashville; Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and wife Julie of Houston, Tx and Rosemary and husband Leeroy Johnson of Selah and 5 great grandchildren, Chad, Brian, Austin Johnson of Nashville, Janae and Jana Johnson of Houston, nephew Dewey White; her beloved sister, Norma Wooten of Richland; and ''adopted son and daughter'' Jerry and Melissa Steinert. Preceding her in death were her husband, Rev. J.T. Crawford, parents Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wooten, brother Harold Wooten and sister Ila May Eyestone.

The family wishes to thank the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, particularly Paula Bell and Sarah Flaten, and Linda Rose Rodriguez and Cindi Ono of Home Health Care of Washington. Linda providing loving care to Mother and Norma and became like a member of the family.

Services will be at the Church of the Nazarene, Richland Washington on Tuesday, July 6 at 10:30a.m. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Einan's Funeral Home.

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  • This message is for Genelle. I knew you and Talmadge years ago in Oklahoma. Sorry to hear of your loss.

    My name was Joy Reed then. I was married to Charles.

    Joy Bach

    Joy Bach
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, 99336, US
  • Helen’s love, faith, devotion, and dedication never wavered.

    Nor did her conviction that a Higher destination awaits. For a life such as hers, indeed it does.

    Harold J. Ellner
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I sure will miss Helen playing the organ at church. It has been such a blessing knowing Helen and J T these past few years and the good times we have had on our Senior outings.

    Wayne

    Wayne Sandifer
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Sorry to read of your Mother’s death. May you feel God’s arms of love wrapped around you in my prayer.

    Your friend, Velma

    Velma Craker Van Aelst
    November 4, 2014
    Goldendale, WA, US
  • Helen’s love for others and shepherding, were a natural way of life for her. When our family moved here in 1980, she and JT made us feel so welcome, and loved all of us. I don’t think Helen ever forgot a birthday or anniversary, there was always a card from her. WE feel so blessed to have known her all these years, and see Jesus shine through her life. We will miss her!

    Paula & Adam Gonzalez
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Our family shares your loss. Helen was loved by our family & will be greatly missed.

    Doug & Rose Thompson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Helen was an amazing woman who shared the love of god with many. May God Wrap you in his arms.She will be greatly missed.

    Mary Coates
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Helen will be missed. She was a thoughtful person and never forgot a birthday or anniversary. My daughter Kendall will miss her cards and her playing the organ on Sunday morning. Kendall doesn’t want anyone else to take her place.

    Janna & Kendall Kelly
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US