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Mrs Saradell David Crawford

Obituary for Mrs Saradell David Crawford

December 1, 1924 - January 24, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 93


On January 24, 2018, Saradell David Crawford died while in the care of Vitas Hospice and Gloria Gomez in San Antonio. She lived a long, fruitful life as the committed partner of her husband, Dr. Stanley Crawford, as they worked together to recruit faculty and build strong medical schools in San Antonio and Mobile, Alabama, while raising three sons. She also taught in the English Department at San Antonio College, and was a committed advocate for Bread for the World and other causes. She met life's most difficult challenges with grace and courage. She is survived by her two sons, Stan, Jr. and wife Dawn, and Samuel and wife Anna, and by her daughter in law, Karen Shichman Crawford, who was married to John David, Saradell's middle son, who died in 1998. Saradell is also survived by her four grandchildren, Ryan, Jake, Allison and Julie, and by her great grandchild Lucille Grace.

Saradell was born in 1924 in Dallas, Texas, to John and Willamai David. She attended the University of Texas in Austin, was a member of Tri-Delta and Mortar Board, and served as a Traveling Secretary for Tri-Delta after graduation. In 1948 she married Stanley Crawford, accompanied him on his medical studies in Chicago and Minnesota, and gave birth to their first son at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, while he was serving during the Korean War. She firmly supported his decisions to practice with the Children's Clinic in Jackson, Tennessee, even though many patients couldn't pay for the care they received, and then to enter academic medicine in Memphis in 1961. Once her three sons were older, she went back to school at Memphis State University to study for a Master's Degree in English literature, and completed her degree after the family moved to San Antonio in 1968. With Stanley she worked to entertain official visitors and potential faculty members for the new University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and assisted him in many of the other responsibilities he had when he was promoted to Dean of the Medical School in 1972. She also took care of her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's, and taught as a Lecturer in the English Department at San Antonio College. She supported Stanley when he took a new position as Dean with the medical school at the University of Southern Alabama from 1980 until 1987, continued to care for her mother at home as her Alzheimer's worsened, and worked tirelessly for Bread for the World and other charities. In 1985 she received an "Outstanding Volunteer" award from the state of Alabama for her charitable work.

In 1998, Saradell again responded to personal tragedy with strength and love when her middle son, John David, died from cancer. Saradell spent most of the next two decades supporting Karen in raising her two young sons without their father, in every way that she could. Even at the end of life, when strokes and increasing blindness left her unable to read or see clearly, her primary concern was always the welfare of others.

Her family deeply appreciates the love and support shown to Saradell in recent years by the members and clergy of the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, which will hold a memorial service to celebrate her life on Tuesday, February 6, at 2:00 P.M., at 8900 Starcrest, San Antonio, Texas 78217. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone wishing to send a memorial simply make a donation to the charity of their choice.

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