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03/31/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Audrey Harper Crum

Audrey Harper Crum
(17 July 1925 - 29 Mar 2013)

Deep Run (NC) High School Class of 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have sad news this Easter Sunday.  
 Audrey Harper Crum, widow of Kenny Crum, Class of 1940 (14 Apr 1922 - 19 Aug 2007),  former proprietor of Crum's Bakeries, passed away in Hampton on Friday, March 29, 2013 at the age of 87.

From the Daily Press - 03/31/13:   

                   Audrey Harper Crum



HAMPTON - Audrey Harper Crum, died peacefully Friday, March 29, 2013.

Audrey was born July 17, 1925, in Deep Run, NC, and graduated from Deep Run High School in 1941. She later moved to the Peninsula where she attended Hampton Roads Business College. Audrey worked at Buxton Hospital and for a brief time at Dixie Hospital.

In 1947, she married Kenny Crum who was an owner and operator of Crum's Bakeries in Hampton and Newport News. Audrey assisted with payroll and business operations of Crum's until 1983. In her retirement, Audrey enjoyed spending time with her husband and family, traveling and spending winters at Lake Wales, FL.

Audrey was a people person who never met a stranger. She loved her family, camping, boating, and participated in many school and community activities.


Audrey Harper Crum

Audrey was a member of the Red Hats Society, Chi Alpha Sorority, Wythe Presbyterian Woman's Circle, Home Demonstration Club, and the Hampton Roads Power Squadron. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Newport News.

She is survived by her children: Joanne Reilly and her husband, Stephen, of Hampton; Janet Fuller and her husband, Christopher, of Tolland, CT; and Dr. Kenneth R. Crum Jr. of Hampton. Also surviving are her brother, Blackledge Earl Harper; her grandchildren, Lindsay Fuller Binder, Rebecca Fuller Whitehead, Alexander Reilly, Patrick Reilly, Peyton Crum, and Carson Crum; three great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Her loving husband of 60 years, Kenneth R. Crum, Sr., and ten brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Devonshire and the Sentara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the outstanding care provided to Audrey and her family.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Peninsula Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The Rev. Walter Satchell of Newport News First Baptist Church will officiate.

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Published in Daily Press on March 31, 2013.
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March 31, 2013

We are thinking about all of you. Aunt Audrey will be missed she was always smiling and an encouraging word for all. Love to you and your family.

~ Charlotte King, Goldsboro, North Carolina

March 31, 2013  


I just learned of the loss of your dear mother. I remember your Mom as a kind, gracious lady with a warm and generous heart. I'm so sorry for your loss and can only hope my humble words assuage the anguish of her passing and leave you only with the cherished memory of your Mother's love.

With Regards,

March 31, 2013

Had the pleasure of getting to know both Audrey and Kenny better when we both lived in VA. Audrey was a very sweet and gracious cousin inviting us for a weekend visit. We are sorry for the family loss.

~ Jim and Nath Roberts, Brandon, Mississippi

Ken, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

April 01, 2013

Dear Joanne, I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear mother. My mother had known her since @ 1945 from Buxton Hospital. She extends her sympathy, as well. May the good Lord guide and sustain your family in the days to come.

~ Russ Gentry, Hampton, Virginia

April 01, 2013

Dear Joanne, Steve, Alex and Patrick,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your devotion to your Mom has been a labor of great love Joanne. Your example of this care will always be a beacon of great amazement to all of us who know and love you!
God bless...Love, Mary, Jim and all of the Haug family.

~ Mary Haug, Chesterfield, Virginia


April 01, 2013

Sorry to read about your mother, The Chi Alpha's are disappearing too fast. I always enjoyed seeing you, your mother, and the others when I brought Marian to the meeting. May you and your family receive the Lord's Presence and Comfort.

~ George Ashby

April 01, 2013

Dear Joanne, Steve, Alex and Patrick,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and grandma. She was a sweet lady that always made us feel welcome. We know she will be greatly missed but, truly believe right now she is smiling down on you with your dad while doing all the things they once loved together. Wish we could be there with you. Love, Karen & TJ and family

~ Karen Reilly, Cornwall, New York
Joanne, I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this time.

~ Melody Wagner

April 01, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Sending prayers for you and your family.

~ Sissy Everett, Poquoson, Virginia

April 01, 2013

   All love, prayers & peace... Audrey will live in our hearts, as loving, kind and dear... she will never be far... her spirit will shine on and on and on, like a beacon.

April 02, 2013

Dear Crum Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Nancy Adams, Hampton, Virginia

April 02, 2013

To the Fuller, Crum and Reilly families,

You are all in our constant thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Crum was just the absolute kindest most wonderful lady. Her sweet and calming voice and lovely personality. I will always have the fondest memories of her. My favorites will always be when her and Mr. Crum would come to Jupiter, FL. I just loved when they came to visit they really were like a bonus set of grandparents to me and always just like the Fuller family treated me like one of their own. Their famous cinnamon rolls for breakfast, playing in their giant Suburban, taking Lindsay, Rebecca and I out to Shoney's. But most of all their loving and nurturing nature. Just a complete joy to be around. And much like me Mrs. Crum could always find something fun and exciting to talk about. And strike up a conversation with just about anyone. She will always be in my heart.
May all your wonderful memories of your Mom and Grandma help you through this difficult time. Knowing she is now with her loving husband together forever watching over us all now from heaven.

With our deepest sympathy and love,
Meghan (Storey) & Travis Jeffords

April 02, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. I have enjoyed spending time with her and have had many conversations about her life and family. I know you know that she was so proud of each of you and loved you all dearly. She was always positive about her illness, never giving up on getting better. I know she will be welcomed into heaven with open arms. The staff and residents here at The Devonshire will miss her smiling face.

~ Judy Cunningham, Hampton, Virginia

April 03, 2013

Aunt Audrey was the epitome of a Southern lady. I have many fond memories of her and Uncle Kenny. My thoughts and prayers are with Joanne, Janet, Ken and their families.

~ Charles Smith, Wesleyville, Pennsylvania

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Crum's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.


"Shall We Gather at the River" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/18/09

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Red Hat Society Logo courtesy of - 06/26/08

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