Dorothy Crabtree

BRANSON WEST, Mo. — Dorothy Sue Crabtree, age 77, of Branson West, Mo., passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, in her home with family at her side.

She was born July 13, 1936, in Star City, Ark., the daughter of James Henry and Zuma (Beeson) Nix. On December 28, 1954, in Star City, she was united in marriage to Clay Dewain Crabtree, who preceded her in death on March 7, 2003. Also preceding her in death were her parents.

Surviving are one son, Clay Dewain Crabtree, Jr. of Branson West, Mo.; one daughter, Katherine Ashcraft and her husband, Bill of Harlingen, Texas; one brother, James E. Nix and his wife, Marge of Manchester, Mass.; one sister, Martha Jones and her husband, Bill of Shell Knob, Mo.; two grandchildren, James E. Crabtree and Christina Marroquin and one great granddaughter, Maddie Crabtree.

Dorothy grew up in Star City, Ark., where she was known as “the miracle baby” due to the fact that she was born at home and only weighed 18 ounces at birth. She was a graduate of Star City High School and received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Master of Science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark. She was a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program, Department of Defense. For sixteen years Dorothy worked for Department of Defense, Pine Bluff Arsenal, retiring in 1999, from Pine Bluff Department of Army. In 2005, she moved from Pine Bluff, Ark. to Shell Knob, Mo. to make her home. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Shell Knob, the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR), American Business Women’s Association, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, National Association of Women in Construction and the Christian Women’s Association of Southeast Ark. She also received the Arkansas Business Woman of The Year, Pine Bluff Arsenal Woman of the Year, Federal Woman of the Year and Woman of the Year for Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority.

Services were held Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Shell Knob, Mo., under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Griffen Funeral Home, Star City, Ark. with burial to follow at Leek Cemetery Star City, Ark.

Contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Dorothy.

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