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10/15/1932 — 09/08/2020
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Sparta, WI
LouAnn Crass passed away on September 8, 2020, in Kennewick, Washington. She left behind her daughter Debbie, son Dennis, daughter-in-law Lori, and grandchildren Andrea and Tanner. LouAnn was born in Sparta, Wisconsin, to John and May Manor on October 15, 1932. She moved to Richland with her family in 1946 where she met and then married Lehman (Red) Crass in 1951. LouAnn and Red made their home in Richland for over 40 years.
In 1960, LouAnn returned to Eastern Washington State College to complete her education degree. Following in her mother’s footsteps, LouAnn became a schoolteacher and spent the next 27 years at Jason Lee Elementary School in Richland. LouAnn soon became a certified teacher with the Slingerland Institute for Literacy. Throughout her years at Jason Lee, she taught students struggling with reading, writing, and spelling—especially studentswith dyslexia. Later, she spent her summers training teachers in the Slingerland method. LouAnn’s passion for and dedication to teaching others allowed her to touch the lives of many. She will be missed.
In 1989, Red and LouAnn retired and moved to Loon Lake, Washington, living there until Red’s passing in 2009. The cabin at Loon Lake was their dream home. Mom and Dad spent their days entertaining guests and volunteering at St. David’s Episcopal Church and with the Loon Lake Historical Society and the Loon Lake Conservancy. They spent their nights on the lake fishing for Kokanee. Mom’s faith was strong. She always believed she would be with Dad again, in the boat, side by side, fishing on the lake.
Fish well, Mom.
At this time, no memorial service is planned until it is safe for family and friends to travel and be together. The family would like to express our appreciation to the wonderful caregivers at Home Care Solutions and the staff and nurses of Chaplaincy Hospice who made mom’s final days so comfortable. Their compassion and kindness are beyond measure. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chaplaincy Health Care, 480 Fowler Street Richland, WA 99352; The Loon Lake Land Conservancy, PO Box 75, Loon Lake, WA 99148; or The Slingerland Institute of Literacy, PO Box 1648, Bellevue, WA.
As one of your best friends in grade school, I spent a lot of time at your house and with your family. Your mom always encouraged me and treated me well. I know she will be greatly missed.
I loved working and teaching with Louann at Jason Lee Elementary School. She was a model teacher, caring, thoughtful, so knowledgeable and willing to help and share. She was quietly wise and powerful, so gracious. I am thankful she was a part of my teaching development and success. Louann was just fun to be with. I remember talking about so many different things. I send my prayers and condolences.
LouAnn was my Master Teacher in l964 at Jason Lee School. I felt so blessed to be in her room. She was the best mentor, teacher, role model as a daughter, wife and mother, and her faith was strong. She did so much to prepare me for the years ahead and her support and encouragement were always there. I spent 51 years with Portland Public Schools as a teacher, curriculum reading specialist and administrator. None of that would have happened if it hadn’t been for LouAnn. We kept in touch all of these years at Christmas until recently and I valued my experiences with her and admired her more than anyone ever. My heart goes out to her family but I know you will carry her legacy and continue to shine her light in all that you do. Blessings to all of you. You have an amazing Guardian Angel. It is comforting to know she and Red are fishing together again.
LouAnn was such an elegant, gracious woman who radiated God’s love. How blessed we are to have grown up with wonderful memories of both Red and LouAnn. There is joy in knowing they are together again.
“The Hammer Girls” (Glenna, Cindie & Marilyn)
Louann Crass was an exemplary model for me as a new teacher at Jason Lee Elementary School many years ago. She was an inspiration and a good friend. My sincere sympathy to Louann’s family.
Mrs. Crass ,
Was my 5th grade teacher at Jason Lee . She was the best teacher any young person could hope for .
Through out my life and career I have thought of her and the compassion , love and patience she gave to me and my class mates .
My thoughts are with Debbie and the Crass family .