obituary: Mrs. Lucy Crouse

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 01:57 PM

Mrs. Lucy Thurston McNeely Crouse, 93, a resident of Gatewood Avenue, died Thursday morning, March 27, 2014 at Pennybyrn at Maryfield Retirement Center.

She was born and raised in Mooresville, N.C., a daughter of Clarence Pharr and Lucy Goodale Thurston McNeely. She was named after her great-grandmother Lucy Goodale Thurston, one of two Christian missionary couples to travel from Massachusetts to Hawaii in 1820. Her great-great grandfather was John Moore, founder of Mooresville.  She graduated from Mooresville Senior High School and continued her education at Peace College and then Catawba College.  Mrs. Crouse began her career teaching elementary school in Mt. Ulla, Thomasville and High Point school systems before starting a family.  She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in High Point for over sixty-two years and a member of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class and Exceptions Circle.  Mrs. Crouse served her church and community by helping with the church’s “Parsons Table” program during the furniture markets, delivering the Meals on Wheels, driving cancer patients to doctor’s visits and she served as a Girl Scout leader. She was in the Hoe’n Hum garden club and several bridge clubs which she never missed an outing. 

She had a great love of family and enjoyed holiday gatherings with immediate family and especially extended family with her brothers and sister. Thanksgivings at the McNeely farm was a given and she never missed those occasions.

On June 23, 1951 she was married to Irvin Dewey Crouse, who died March 1, 1999.  In addition to husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Jane McNeely Wheeler and brothers, Robert (Shirt) Thurston McNeely, Clarence Pharr ( Bo) McNeely, Jr. and twin brother Asa Thurston McNeely.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Betsy Crouse Clapp and her husband Jerry (Lucy’s favorite son-in-law) of Greensboro; sons, Irvin Moore Crouse and wife Ada Mae of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Thurston Blair Crouse and wife Carol of Lexington; grandchildren, Jonathan Scott Clapp of Greensboro, Kathryn Thurston Clapp and fiancé’ Giovanni Franco of Greensboro, Spenser Buchannan Clapp of Greensboro, Sarah Stein of Salt Lake City, Utah, Leah Beth Kovach and husband Kostadin Dyulgerski of Houston, Texas, Carlos Israel Crouse of Salt Lake City, Utah, William Irvin Crouse and wife Joy of Concord, Daniel Thurston Crouse and wife Jessie of Lexington, Michael Blair Crouse and wife Ashley of Cambridge, Mass.,  a great-grandson, Griffin Thurston Crouse, son of Daniel and Jessie Crouse.  Also surviving are sisters-in-law Miriam Watson McNeely of Mooresville and Doris Crouse Adams of Durham.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church in High Point with Dr. Chris Fitzgerald officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Chapel.

A private family inurnment service will be held earlier in Fair Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, N.C. 27260, First United Methodist Church, 512 North Main Street, High Point, N.C. 27260 or to First Presbyterian Church 249 West McLelland Avenue, Mooresville, N.C. 28115 c/o Mwandia Project School Sponsorship, or to Fair Grove United Methodist Church, 138 Fairgrove Road, Thomasville, N.C. 27360 c/o Crouse Endowment Fund.

“Special thank you to her caregivers: Hope Hayes, Rhonda Smith and Teresa Benton; as well as all the staff at Pennybyrn at Maryfield and the staff of Hospice of the Piedmont, for the loving care and the respect they showed our Mother.”

J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville is assisting the family and

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