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Elizabeth Cooper Crawford
March 5, 1928 ~ September 9, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Elizabeth Christine Crawford came into this world March 5, 1928, firstborn and only daughter to Clint and Lillian Cooper. Her only sibling was Dennis, who contracted diphtheria at eight years of age and needed care the rest of his life.
No stranger to the challenges of Depression era life in the South, Liz possessed a gift for expressing herself in writing. She kept a diary as a teen, composed poetry, and penned love letters to her beau. Her command of language and penmanship was evidence of a solid education and characteristic of that generation.
Elizabeth heard Lee Alvis Crawford on the radio before she ever met him. Lee Alvis was part of a regular southern gospel radio music program on WELO that featured local talent. Elizabeth finally met Lee Alvis in person and love began to bud. Their courtship is chronicled in letters still preserved to this day. Lee Alvis and Elizabeth were married May 30, 1947. Three sons came along between 1949 and 1965: Ronnie, Teddy, and Carey.
She was a longtime faithful member of Ingram Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, served as custodian, and was a faithful ministry partner with Lee Alvis in the music ministry. Elizabeth sang as part of the Crawford Brothers Quartet for a number of years. Caregiving was a large part of her life, helping first with her own younger brother, her grandson Alan, her parents, and finally her beloved Lee through the cruel haze of Alzheimer’s. After ninety-five and a half years of giving, she succumbed to her failing body and the open hand of Jesus on the night of September 9, 2023.
Services are 2 pm Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Ingram Baptist Church with her son, Carey officiating. Burial will follow in the Ingram Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 12-2 pm Saturday at Ingram Baptist Church.
Those who preceded her in death include her parents, Clint and Lillian Cooper, brother Dennis, grandson Alan, and her husband Lee Alvis. Those who remain are her sons Ronnie (Linda), Teddy (Catherine), Carey (Patti); grandchildren Erik Crawford and Alice Adair (Kevin); great-grandchildren Cooper Adair and Savannah Adair. The family would like to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to the team of VitalCaring Hospice for their amazing care and compassion for Elizabeth and the family. The family requests that contributions be made to the Ingram Baptist Church Building Fund in lieu of flowers.