tribune staff writer
Pauline E. Crawford, a retired health care professional, died on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. She was 93.
Crawford was born on Nov. 27, 1923 in Wilmington, Del., one of seven children born to Anthony and Mary Williams. She was educated in the Wilmington public school system where she graduated from high school before moving to Philadelphia in the early 1940s.
She met and married the late Adolph C. Crawford soon after World War II ended. Two children were born to their union. She and her husband settled in North Philadelphia where they were fixtures in the community.
A product of the Great Depression, Crawford found a deep seated relationship with God to endure the tough times. She was a kind and compassionate woman. Her unshakable faith would guide her steps for more than 93 years.
Crawford’s strong, yet kind nature led to a career in health care. She worked in various hospitals and did private duty nursing for the entirely of her career. She had long stents as a caregiver at Jefferson Hospital and Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital. Crawford would often be called upon to care for the sick and shut-in within her North Philadelphia community.
Crawford was a member of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia for almost 40 years. She loved children and was a pillar in the Vacation Bible School. Believing that children must be given direction very early on, Crawford took great pride in molding the hearts and minds of her young flock.
Her family said she was a beacon of love and hope for everyone who knew her. She proved to be a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and loyal friend.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Jerome Crawford Sr.; brothers, Charles and Joseph and sister, Jewel.
She is survived by her daughter, Paulette Montan; grandson, Jerome Crawford II; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Crawford; brothers, Anthony and Jay; sister, Joanne and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Sept. 26 at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Ave.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.