Myrtle L. Crabtree
July 10, 1925 ~ July 24, 2011
Myrtle L. Crabtree, age 86 of Fredericksburg, IA, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at her home in Fredericksburg with her family gathered around her. Lila Myrtle Thompson was born on July 10, 1925 to Albert and Anna (Larson) Thompson in New Hampton, IA. She attended school in Lawler and New Hampton. Myrtle assisted in the care of area families in New Hampton and Waterloo, doing house work, cooking and careing for children. She was united in marriage to Max E. Crabtree on January 10, 1943 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. The couple farmed near Fredericksburg where they raised their five children. They continued to live on the farm until 2011 when they moved to their present home at Whispering Willows in Fredericksburg. Myrtle enjoyed cooking big meals for her family and taking good care of them. She loved to dance, church activities, her church family, and farming beside Max. Myrtle was a loving and caring wife and mother. She loved the Lord. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg, Social Culture Club and Mothers and Others Club. Myrtle is survived by her husband Max of Fredericksburg; children Sharon Sipe of Center Point, IA, Karolyn Sill of Scottsdale, AZ, Susan (Ken) Steege of West Union IA, David (Stacy) Crabtree of Mt. Vernon, IA, and Lisa (Rod) Reicks of New Hampton; brother Donald (Jean) Thompson of Waterloo, IA; 23 grandchildren; soon to be 24 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Anna; four brothers Lloyd, Harley, Orlando and Francis; one sister Maxine Roth and one great granddaughter Brandi Bentley. Cemetery: Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Fredericksburg with Max Bentley, David Sipe, Justin Steege, Kevin Crabtree, Michael Reicks, Tom Rieck, Charles Hingst, Christopher Sill, Matthew Sill, Michael Sill and Caleb Sill serving as casket bearers. Memorials may be directed to Myrtle\'s family. Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00pm on Monday, July 25, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Funeral services will be 10:30am on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg with Pastor Shirley Hoffmann Will officiating.