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Place of Birth:
Columbus, Ohio
Place of Death:
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Mary (Crawford) Moran Butler

Mary Loretta (Crawford) Moran Butler, homemaker, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Franciscan Villa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She was 92 years old. Mary was born March 5, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio to Harry and Loretta (Jennings) Crawford, the sixth of their nine children. Raised in Columbus, Mary attended Holy Name School and graduated from North High School in 1939. While attending The Ohio State University, she met Joseph P. Moran and they fell in love. During WWII, Mary worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company and when Joe returned from England in 1945, they were married.

Joe's work as a petroleum engineer with Dowell took the young couple to small towns in Illinois and south Texas, where they started their family. They moved to Tulsa in 1957. Mary and Joe raised two children with love and laughter for 34 years until Joe's death in 1979. In 1982, she married Walter Butler with whom she enjoyed travel and companionship until his death in 1989.

A life-long Catholic, Mary was a member of the Church of St. Mary and an active Bishop Kelley High School parent. She practiced her faith as a church and school volunteer, scout leader and sports Mom.

Mary shared common interests and years of fun with her wide circle of friends. She loved to play golf and remained an active member of the LaFortune Park Ladies' Golf Association. She played all kinds of card games and was an exceptional bridge player. With her friends, she enjoyed trips to Grand Lake and cruises to foreign ports, always with card games on the itinerary.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and always put the needs of her family ahead of her own. Although she lived far away from her eight siblings, she remained close to them, traveling to weddings and other family gatherings or just to visit. She rarely missed a Crawford Madness family reunion in Ohio, knowing it was the best way to keep the others from talking about her.

Mary is survived by her brother Frank Crawford of Chevy Chase, MD; son Christopher Moran of Jackson, WY; daughter Martha Moran Schultz and husband Ted of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter Bridgett Moran Frederick and husband Russell of Tulsa, OK; grandson Michael J. Moran and wife Melissa of Broken Arrow, OK; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Joseph P. Moran and second husband Walter M. Butler; brothers George, John, Harry and Stan Crawford; and sisters Elizabeth Crawford, Clara Crawford, and Ann Dountz.

Mary's family is most grateful to staff and friends at Franciscan Villa, her home the past 3 years, for taking care of our beloved mother and grandmother. Friends may honor Mary's love of golf with donations to The First Tee of Tulsa www.the which inspires youth to succeed through golf programs, or to a favorite charity.

A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10am, in the chapel at the Church of St. Mary, 1347 E 49th Place, Tulsa, OK.

Service Information

Time: 19-Jun-2014 10:00am
Location: Church of St. Mary Chapel
Address: 1347 E. 49th Pl. Tulsa, Oklahoma


Peggy Daly Boyce Humrichouse
I will always remember Mary with a smile. She had a twinkle in her eye and always wanted to know what you were up to. She had a sincere interest in. Keeping up with family, mine as well as her own. She was such a talented seamstress. I envied Martha since her mom could make her any outfit she wanted sewn with perfection. I have many great memories of hanging out at the Moran home. Mary made it warm and inviting. I'll miss her. Peggy Boyce
anita flusche'
I have fond memories of Mary from way back. She was always so funny and direct, which I enjoyed! I also admired her relationships with long time girlfriends. She was a wonderful Mom and Grandma to her loved ones, and I know she will be missed. God bless her and condolences to the family.
Lindsay Lindstrom
Bridgett & family, This is a lovely write-up, thoughts and prayers for the family at this time. May lots of happy memories comfort you in the coming days. Lindsay Lindstrom