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Elsie Olivia Peterson Crawford passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Bastrop, Texas at the age of 88.  She is survived by her husband of 64 years, obit - crawford picNorman Crawford of Bastrop, her son John of Austin, and her sister Esther Wright of Bastrop.  She is also survived by sister-in-law Wanda Ragland, brothers-in-law Melvin Crawford and C. K. Oden, nieces Patricia, Kay, Brenda, and Paula, nephews Larry, Alan, and Darrell, and many, many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Elin Peterson, her brother Steen, her sisters Ruth Peterson and Mary Carlson, brothers-in-law Fred G. Wright, Sr. and Glen Carlson, and her beloved nephew, Fred G. Wright, Jr.; sisters-in-law Gertrude Crawford, Nina Wallin, Doris Moncallo, Georgia Oden, and Jeanne Crawford, brothers-in-law Bill Crawford and Glenn Ragland, and dear niece Susan Ragland.

Visitation was held Friday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m., at Bastrop Providence Funeral Home. Services were held Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m., at Bastrop Providence, with burial at Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop.

One of the “Peterson Girls,” Elsie was born in Bastrop, graduated from Bastrop High School in 1941, and worked for Southwestern Bell for 37 years until retirement in 1979.  She loved to travel, rarely missing a First National Bank trip, and loved to watch high school sports, particularly BHS girls’ basketball and volleyball, with her sister Esther.   Elsie always looked forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings in the Peterson house with her family.  She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Bastrop, where she was married in 1948.  Sundays often found her on the church steps greeting old friends and new.  She was a kind, gentle, and caring lady, and she will be missed by all who knew her.  Remembrances can be made to the Fred Wright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Bastrop, or a charity of your choice.

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