Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1938 RJC

Gladys Larson GLADYS LARSON CRAWLEY, 85, of Ranger, TX passed away on July 5th, 2006, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, TX. Mrs. Crawley was born on May 14, 1921 in Waco, TX, to Albin & Hildegarde Lindloff Larson. She grew up in Ranger and graduated salutatorian from Ranger High School & attended Ranger Junior College. She married Price Crawley (RHS-1932) on Nov. 19, 1939 in Odessa & they lived in Ranger until Price joined the military and moved to Baltimore. After the service they moved back to Ranger & later to Midland where they owned and operated Price Crawley Rexall Drug from 1953 to 1989. When he retired they moved back to Ranger. Gladys was a member of the First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women's Association. Gladys was always very active in the community helping with Meals on Wheels and the Ranger Historical Society. The last years of Price's life she spent taking care of him until his death on Dec. 24, 1996. Mrs. Crawley is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son Sterling Price Crawley Jr. in 1998, & step-mother, Elva Cruse Larson. At the time of her death, she was survived by her daughter Sharon Garner and her husband Lynn of Ranger; a brother Fred Larson and his wife Barbara of Waco; two grandsons Neal Overstreet of San Antonio and Price Overstreet of the Houston area; and several nieces nephews & cousins. STEP-MOTHER: ELVA JAMES CRUSE LARSON was born June 27, 1902 & died August 16, 1999, with burial at Liberty City Cemetery in Liberty, TX. Her parents, Charlie & Fannie James had four daughters and one son. Elva grew up in Shepherd, TX, and later attended Kidd Key College in Sherman, TX. After college & while teaching school, she met and married Oscar Cruse in 1925. Living in Hull, TX, she and Oscar had three children, Peggy, Deanie and Dan. Oscar died at an early age in 1940. Elva & the children then moved to Liberty, TX, where she owned and operated the House of Flowers for several years. Through relatives in Palo Pinto County, Elva met Al Larson of Ranger, TX on a fall deer hunt in 1951. Al & Elva were married in 1952 and Elva moved to Ranger. In the 47 years she lived in Ranger, Elva will be remembered for her sharp wit, determined nature and quick mind. She was very active in the 1920 Club and the Columbia Study Club. An avid reader, Elva’s reputation as a reviewer of books will be a legacy. She continued to present book reviews we past her 90th birthday. She loved to “debate” with her friends and to win at the bridge table. She was proud of her Texas heritage and had a keen sense of Texas History. A long-time member of St. Rita’s Parish in Ranger, she wrote a complete history of the church and spearheaded an effort to have the church granted a Texas historical marker. Elva was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Cruse and Al Larson. Also, by her sisters, Leora Clancy, Olive Clements, Mertis Kennedy, and her brother Ray James. Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Deanie Cox of Temple & a great-grandson Justin Dean Cox of Grapevine. At the time of her death, she is survived by her daughter, Peggy Inzer and husband Slim of Gretna, LA.; son, Dan Cruse and wife Margie of Dallas and her son-in-law Travis Cox of Temple. Gladys Crawley of Ranger and Fred Larson & wife Barbara of Waco have enjoyed Elva’s love for the many years since Elva married their father. Additionally, she is survived by many grandchildren & great-grandchildren.