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Bobbie Jean Smith Crowder

Obituary for Bobbie Jean Smith Crowder

April 18, 1934 - April 21, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 86


Bobbie Jean Smith Crowder of San Antonio, Texas, went to join her Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the age of 86. She passed peacefully with her family at her side.

Jean was born to James Patton Smith and Lena Augusta Boone Smith on April 18, 1934 at Wylam, Alabama. During her father's service in the Merchant Marine's during World War II and subsequent employment, the family lived in several places, settling in Jackson, Mississippi. It was here that she met her husband, Calie Crowder who she married on September 20, 1953.

As an Air Force wife, she lived with her family in Oklahoma, France, Ohio and Texas, settling in San Antonio, Texas. While raising her two children, she was able to complete her college education. She was a member of the first class of women undergraduates to attend Texas A&M University. She graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, with a degree in English with honors. She worked for an insurance company, St. Mary's University and the Bexar County Hospital system as a writer. She later ran her own publishing business. She enjoyed traveling, reading, painting, and playing the violin.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Calie Crowder; her daughter, Deborah Carol Crowder Rutherford; and her son, Kenneth Charles Crowder; as well as her grandchildren, Jessica Leigh Crowder, Joseph William Shulter II, Elizabeth Anne Crowder Rozier, Cassandra Mariah Shulter, and Evan David Crowder. She was preceded in death by her father, James Patton Smith; her mother, Lena Augusta Boone Smith; and her great-granddaughter, Charlotte
Alma Rozier.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, memorial services will be held at a later time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson's Foundation (

Her family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Bader House Memory Care of Shavano Texas for their compassionate care of Jean during her final 14 months.

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