Marion Crouch, Kenneth Patterson, Morris Rambo, Modine
Parker, Dick Williams, George Rehklau - Nashville - September 25, 1984
Right, Mary believes this picture was Thanksgiving,
1942, in the front yard of the Nashville, Mo. farm. From Left to right:
Glenna Morehouse, Helen Williams, Mildred
Rehklau, Mary Crouch, George Helms, Elizabeth Robertson, Margaret Patterson,
Dick Williams, and Claude Crouch. I have used married names here to keep
things consistent. (Mildred remember this picture was Christmas - 1943 in
the Parker farm front yard. Too dressy for Thanksgiving. See the
Robertson page for more discussion)
About the same time
Margaret got a job teaching at Ledbetter school. The school was in Barton
County, Missouri, but closer to Lamar I am told.
I got an email from Mildred the other
We had a call from Howard a couple of days ago, telling us Dick Crouch had
called him with message that his sister Margaret had passed away on May 9.
(2004) No one had much
recent contact from there. Dick is now the only remaining one of the
Palmer Crouch family.
I finally tracked down the
obituary in the Lamar Democrat (the Tyler Texas Telegraph
doesn't leave their obituaries on the internet very long.)
MARGARET CROUCH PATTERSON
WHITEHOUSE, Texas ‹ Private family internment will be held in Nashville
(Mo.) Cemetery, for Margaret Crouch Patterson, 81, Whitehouse, who died
Sunday at Mother Frances Hospital.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth D. and Margaret Crouch
Patterson Geology Scholarship at Tyler Junior College, P.O. Box 9020, Tyler,
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-laws, Anne and Dr. James
Howard Dee, Austin, Beth Patterson, Chelmsford, Mass., and Cathryn and Dale
Cates, Whitehouse; three grandchildren, Matthew Kenneth Cates, Alice Cathryn
Cates, and Jennifer "Jennie" Patterson Dee, and a brother and sister-in-law,
Richard "Dick" and Jerri Crouch, San Diego, Calif.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Crouch Robertson, and a
brother, Arch Douglas Crouch.
Mrs. Patterson was born July 31, 1922, in Asbury, Mo., to John Palmer and
Roxa Beamer Crouch. She was a 1940 graduate of Lamar High School. During
World War II, Mrs. Patterson moved to southern California and contributed to
the war effort by working at an aircraft assembly plant. She taught at
Ledbetter School in Missouri in 1943, and earned her Bachelor of Science at
Hardin Simmons in 1953.
She and her husband attended college and worked at the University of
Missouri at Columbia, the University of Wyoming at Laramie, Hardin-Simmons
University in Abilene, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and
Oklahoma A&M at Stillwater. They also served as dorm parents in Abilene. She
moved to Tyler in 1955, where she and her husband were actively involved in
the Tyler community and school system. She served as a Camp Fire leader for
several years. After retirement, she enjoyed learning about and collecting
East Texas memorabilia. She was a member of the Snowy Range Chapter No. 45,
Order of Eastern Star, and received her 50 year membership pin in 1999.
She married Kenneth Dean Patterson on July 28, 1945, in Kansas City, Mo.
He died in 1992.
I did eventually get the Tyler Texas obituary - courtesy of Cathy Cates:
If you have information or photographs concerning the
descendants of Stephen Douglas Crouch or the Barton County village of Nashville,
Missouri, please contact me. I share my pictures and I return any photographs
entrusted to me promptly.