Natalie Koop Crawford, 87, formerly of Edna, went to be with her Lord and her family, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. She was born on Friday, July 19, 1929 in Edna to George Koop and Caroline Cline Koop, she was one of 11 children, six girls and five boys blessed to this family. Natalie married the love of her life, James 'Dale' Crawford on Friday, Oct. 1, 1948 in Edna and they were blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. Natalie had always wanted to be a nurse, so when they were transferred to Lake Charles, La. in 1966, she had her opportunity to go to nursing school, and she became a LPN. In 1969 they were again transferred to Gonzales, La. where she nursed at the Federal Leprosarium Hospital in Carville, La.
Natalie is survived by her children, Roger Dale Crawford and his wife Vicki, Donald Ray Crawford and his wife Lillian, Nanette Slaton and her husband Gary; her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three of her sisters, Elnora Schubert, Norris Fitzpatrick and Pearl Symmank; and two of her brothers, George Koop and James Koop.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 68 years, Dale; and her daughter Connie Jo Avery; as well as her sisters, Alice Robertson and Juanita Browning and her brothers, Walter, Virgil and Ewald Koop.
Funeral service was Monday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Edna with Rev. Andrew Schroer officiating, with interment immediately followed at Memory Gardens of Edna.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a Memorial Donation be sent to Living Word Academy of Marble Falls, Texas.
Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Slavik Funeral Home, 361-771-8313.