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Martha Louise Crabb – April 14, 2014

Crabb Obit PicMartha Louise Crabb, 85, of Dumas, died Monday, April 14, 2014.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Dumas Cemetery with Darrell Wait, pastor of First Christian Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.
Martha was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Pampa, to Henry and Cora Lewis.  She was active in the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, The Texas Historical Society and the Texas Archaeological Society.
Martha wrote a detailed, but easy to read book, “Over the Mountain”, a detailed history of the Lewis and Willis families from their arrival in the new world up to today.  And, she also wrote the first and only history, as of this date, “All Affire to Fight”, a history of our family’s two Civil War 2nd Uncles in the 9th Texas Cavalry of Volunteers.
She was instrumental in starting the Window on the Plains Museum in Moore County, Dumas, and spent years making it a success.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clarence “Jimmy” Crabb on Jan. 20, 2008.
Survivors include a son, “Chuck” James C. Crabb and his wife Janet; a grandson, James Aaron Crabb; and a brother, Delbert Lewis and wife Wanda; and many treasured nieces, nephews and cousins.


  • Jackie R. Green Sheldon Posted April 19, 2014 11:45 pm

    May God greatly-bless each-of-you in-this-time of void. Grieve-as-you must, not as anyone tells you is right-or-wrong as you travel-the-pathway ahead. There are no-pathways as each has-his-own.
    Read John 14:15 – 21
    Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before- long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 – 20 New-International version
    Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, “Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He would always be a part of them just- as they would forever be a part of Him.
    So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my- life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart’s teacher.
    In the same-way I come to know God through the life and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
    Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
    Because of God’s great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.

  • Don and Betty Blair Posted April 20, 2014 8:47 pm

    Martha was a wonderful long-time friend. She was an inspiration to all of us to never stop learning and growing. She pushed us to be the best that we can be. Her parents instilled in their children to always strive to reach for the far-away stars. She will be missed.
    Our sympathy to Chuck, Janet and Aaron. Delbert and Wanda will feel a void in their family tree. We loved them all.
    Don and Betty Blair
    Ruidoso, NM

  • David McMurry Posted April 21, 2014 8:47 am

    Martha was a good friend and taught me the importance of history and fact finding. Her innate sense of wonder and search was inspirational.
    Our sympathy to the family as one whom will be missed and remembered for her many contributions

  • Larry and Susan Riseling Posted April 22, 2014 8:14 am

    Our sympathy to the Crabb Family and to the Lewis family. Your loss will be shared by many of us. She and Jimmy were an inspiration to us. We miss them! Larry and Susan

  • Richard & Susie Perry Posted April 22, 2014 12:23 pm

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family and friends of Martha..she was such an inspiration to all that knew and loved her…

  • Janie Christie Heniford Posted April 30, 2014 11:16 am

    My dearest friends, I am so very sorry to learn of Martha’s passing. I’m so very sorry that I was not able to attend her services. I could not have loved her more or better. Much of what I know about how to be a strong woman, a responsible woman, an intelligent woman, and a charitable woman was learned at her side when mom worked for her. I wish you all peace as you mourn her loss, and celebrate her wonderful life. I wish you comfort, and may her memory bless you for years to come!

  • George and Brenda Poole Hollmann Posted April 30, 2014 1:54 pm

    My dear Chuck and family ~ May God hold you in his arms and keep you near. We pray for peace and healing in your family and our thoughts will be with you always.
    George and Brenda Poole Hollmann
    Jefferson, Colorado

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