Mary E. Crowley — 1921-2010

Posted on November 24th in Obituaries

Mary E. Crowley, 88, died on Oct. 23 at the Hospice House in Bend.

She was born on Oct. 31, 1921, in the Bronx, New York City, to Pasquale, Jr. and Luigina DeFelice Pagliuca, Italian immigrants who named her Maria.

Crowley graduated from New York City schools, and worked at several jobs until her wanderlust led her to join the Navy WAVES in 1942. She served as an aviation machinist’s mate at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. When the war ended in 1945, she returned to New York City briefly, but then moved to Southern California.

In 1947, Crowley began working in Yosemite National Park during the summers, and attending school at the University of Southern California. During this chapter of her life she met her future husband, Gerry Crowley, who was also working at Yosemite. They were married in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan. 28, 1950. Crowley then transferred to UCLA, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in home economics in 1951.

Crowley and her husband moved to West Covina, Calif., where they raised three children. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and was active in her church and as a community volunteer. Crowley loved to dance and participated in both ballroom and square dance clubs. Sewing, swimming, camping and travel were other strong interests.

In 1989, after her husband’s retirement, they moved to Bend. Crowley became active in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, and continued to travel, spend time with her children and grandchildren and participate in outdoor activities. Recently, she joined a WAVES reunion group.
Crowley is survived by her husband, Gerry; sister-in-law, Rose Pagliuca of New York; daughters, Suzanne Thomas and husband Scott of Burns and Paula Hansen and husband Curtis of Covina, Calif.; son, Dave Crowley and wife Marian of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren, Monica, Adrian, Melanie, Lucas, Katie, Erica and Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alfred, infant daughter, Lisa; and infant grandson, Glendan.

Contributions in Crowley’s memory may be made to Partners in Care Hospice Homes, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.

Autumn Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

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