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Marjorie Alice "Marge" Crutchfield


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Marjorie Alice "Marge" Crutchfield Obituary
March 26, 1922 - January 8, 2017

Marjorie Alice ("Marge") Crutchfield passed away at her home in Manhattan Beach on February 8, 2017. She was born to Iva and Ralph Anderson in Fresno, California and was a third-generation Californian. She was descended from Elias Anderson, the founder of Anderson, California.

Marge was a woman of many talents. She played the violin from the age of 6, and eventually took up the trumpet and drums, which she played in jazz bands to pay her way through college. She graduated with her BA in Education from Fresno State, and eventually earned her Master's from Loyola University and her Ed.D. from UCLA.

In 1941 she met her life-long love Cloe ("CR") Crutchfield. After he served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, they married in 1944 and moved to Manhattan Beach in 1946.

Marge taught elementary school in Hawthorne before transferring to the Manhattan Beach School System where she eventually became the principal of La Marina and then Robinson.

Marge taught for 7 years at Loyola in administration and curriculum courses. She also supervised student teachers at Cal State Long Beach. She wrote two books and numerous papers and presentations. She earned many awards for academic and community service.

Marge and CR made many friends through their involvement in the Manhattan Beach Community Church dating back to 1952. They were also active with Manhattan Beach Sister City and the Lions Clubs International.

After Marge and CR retired, they traveled extensively visiting many of the world's capitals.

In spite of a massive stroke in 2013, she still managed to attend Lion's meetings and church even though very disabled and needing 24/7 care in her home. During this time, she had loving assistance from Jorita Moskalski and Florence Doran.

Marge was preceded in death by CR and by her son-in-law, Jack Hinkle, and is survived by her daughters Alice Crawford (Kent) and Barbara Crutchfield; her grandsons Alan Crawford (Patricia), John Crawford (Jillian); and 5 great grandchildren-Ellie, Cade, Isadora, Blake, and Oliver Crawford.

A celebration of Marge's life will be held on February 25th, at 12:30, at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck venue, Manhattan Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Lions Low Vision Services Program www.loveprogram.org
Published in The Beach Reporter on Feb. 16, 2017
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