Myrtle L. Crabtree

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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.

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  1. Mona and I send our love and prayers to all of you! Myrtle was such a fantastic neighbor and friend of our family for so many years. My parents so loved visiting with your parents! Gods blessing! Terrill & Mona Ball

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Myrtle’s passing. I was very surprised to receive the news late today.
    Our entire family had many good memories of Myrtle from the Williamstown Church days and beyond. She was always such a thoughtful and loving person.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  3. Just want to say to the family what a sad loss Mrytle was a great aunt always reminded me of my 2nd mom loved the summers when I was little to go up there and stay we always had a great homecooked meal and loved staying there over the summer as that was my 2nd home. She will be missed dearly my mom is happy to have her sister join her as all of us here will miss her dearly.

  4. Lisa and Rod and Family,
    We are sorry to hear of Myrtle’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  5. Max and Family, God Bless You . Myrtle had the softest voice I can think of only she could get us little kids to behave at chuckwagon races. When she would say get in the pickup the races are starting . I will miss seeing her on labor day in Nashua. Michael,Barbara,Laura & Krissy Ball

  6. Max and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow. Myrtle was a lovely person, always with a smile and a kind word. You will miss her so much, but we know she is in a much better place now. May your memories bring your comfort and may you feel God’s arms holding you close in the days ahead.

  7. We are so sorry to hear about Lila Seems like she lived a full life. We are sure your family has many wonderful memories of her. At times like this the Bible comforts us so much. Jesus said in John 5:28&29 there would come a time when those in the memorial tombs would hear his voice and come out. This would also be at a time when Revelation 21:3&4 says there will be no more tears, pain or death. This would all happen when God’s Kingdom comes, the same kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer. What a wonderful prospect for Lila and all those in the memorial tombs now. We express our deepest sympathy. We hope you find comfort in this time of loss.

  8. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers. Mom & Dad & Grandpa always felt at home with your family & are all together watching over us.
    Love & prayers,
    Gerri, Alex & Allison Moore

  9. Lisa, Rod, Sarah, Beth, Jennifer and Michael – as well as your entire family – my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I wish you all well and hope that you take some comfort with the added prayers and support around you.

  10. My husband and I would like to express our sympathy for your family. Very sorry to hear of your loss, may God comfort you during this time and always.
    Char and Kenny Wolfgang

  11. TO Max Crabtree Family
    We are sorry about loss with wife, mother, grandma, greatgrandma, Myrtle was loving, caring, friendly person and she loved talk to people and great smile on her face.
    She always waiting for someone to go by her and they stopped talk to her and they go get their stuff what they needed in store. She a great family they are like their mom and dad friendly, caring too. where never Max and Myrtle were I stopped them give a hug and goodbye to them have a nice day. I am going to miss my friend Myrtle where she was at I was here too.Myrtle please save me a dot up there we can gave eachother hug and big KISS AND I LOVE YOU MYRTLE AND I LOVE YOU BRENDA too. prays in my heart to you and i am going miss you alot and i will see you when i get up there.
    Love, Brenda, Gloria Parks, Rick Kobliska

  12. Max and Family, I am very sorry to hear that Myrtle has passed away. I am the daughter of Marie and Gerald Smith of Waucoma, and am not living in Waucoma. I was going to see you at Dairy Days but something else came up, Always thiinking that we have time. You and your family are some of my most wonderful memories as a child. You and the folks seem to laugh a lot, good for your health. Keep the good memories, Love Smith family

  13. I was so sorry to hear of Myrtle’s passing. She was a wonderful woman, who in recent years never missed sending me a Christmas card with an update on her family. I always enjoyed her notes and warm wishes. I will miss her very much.

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