Obituary – Ellen E. Crabb
Ellen E. Crabb, 97, recently of Lakewood, formerly of Parshall, passed away at Western Hills Health Care on Dec. 16, 2009.
The first of nine children Ellen Elaine Engelhaupt was born in Chambers, Neb., on July 13, 1912, to Michael and Ollie Engelhaupt. She attended schools in Sterling and Crook, Colo., driving a pony trap to school when the distance was too far to walk. She graduated from Sterling High School at age 20, as one high school year was spent recovering at home from rheumatic fever. In 1919, she also missed her first grade year recovering from the Spanish Flu.
She met James Samuel Crabb, a resident of Crook and they eloped on Jan. 29, 1934. They farmed outside of Crook until 1941 when they joined partnership with Joe Spacek, growing winter wheat at the Company Ranch on the Williams Fork.
After building a house in Parshall, Ellen was commissioned in 1948 as Post Master. The Post Office was operated out of the Crabb’s house. Being the Post Master, Ellen was in the position to be the contact person for needs and emergencies in the community. As she approached retirement, Ellen worked diligently to obtain another Post Office site in Parshall, which would guarantee continuous service to the town and surrounding community residents’ emergencies in the community.
Ellen and Jim had in common their love of music and dancing. Often at local dances others would step aside to watch Ellen and Jim. They would dance at the Trocadero Ballroom in the old Denver Elich Gardens where other dancers would also create a circle around them to watch their foxtrot.
Ellen was known for her green thumb and her sewing arts. Throughout the summer months, her yard was in constant bloom and a source of pride for her and her family. She sewed clothes for her daughters, knitted or crocheted gifts for family and friends, and in her retirement years, designed and made quilts as a hobby. She won numerous ribbons for her craft at the Middle Park Fair.
She was member of the Williams Fork Demonstration Club, a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star Starlight Chapter 129, and in retirement worked with Grand County Social Services on behalf of the senior citizens. She worked diligently for low-income senior housing including development of the Silver Spruce Senior Apartments. She was a delegate to the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
In 1989, Ellen and Jim moved to the Eastern Star Village in Denver. Ellen lived in the Village until she moved to Eaton Terrance Assisted Living Center. The past four years, Ellen lived at Western Hills Health Care recovering from broken hips and a general decline in health.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jim, one daughter, Frances, two granddaughters, a grandson, a son-in-law, three brothers, three sisters, and her parents. She is survived by daughters Leota “Lee” Nations- George and her husband John of Lakewood, and Margaret “Maggie” Armstrong and her husband Joe of Westminster; her grandchildren Miriam Nations of Lakewood, Maryellen Brown of Carrollton, Texas, James Yates and his wife Keisha of Carrolton, Texas, Philip Armstrong his wife Jessica of Denver, Karleen Armstrong of Westminster; and six great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Kremmling Cemetery with a gathering afterwards at Silver Spruce Senior Apartments. A memorial will be held at West Alameda Baptist Church in Eaton Terrace Senior Residence with another memorial planned for sometime in the spring at the Parshall Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Metro Denver, 501 South Cherry Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary – Hot Sulphur Springs.
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