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Dorothy Mae Crawford Deal was born May 17, 1920, in Hutchin-son, Kan., to Oliver Crawford and Frances Hawkins Crawford. Dorothy passed away January 1, 2016 to be with her beloved husband of 71 years, R. B. Deal, and their son, Paul David Deal. Dorothy and R.B. loved to travel. They lived in Paris one year and stayed in close contact through the years with the lovely Coste family in Paris, considering them their French family. Dorothy’s mother, Frances Hawkins Crawford, emigrated from Ireland on the next to the last voyage of the Lusitania. Her name is on the wall of immigrants at Ellis Island. R.B. and Dorothy loved to visit the Irish relatives and made five trips to Ireland to visit Dorothy’s family. They visited numerous countries in Europe with lengthy stays in Madrid, Rome and London. Dorothy’s last overseas sojourn was three months spent in Shiraz, Iran while R.B. consulted at Pahlavi University. She always had interesting tales to tell about their adventures. An accomplished singer, Dorothy enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Prior to her marriage to R.B., Dorothy sang in a trio whose music was frequently broadcast from the Great American Life Building in Hutchinson, Kan., on KWBG radio program “Keep With Bill Greenwald.” In the 1970’s, Dorothy sang with The Colour Tones, a choral group of Oklahoma City women who performed at churches, women’s clubs, nursing homes, hospitals and the monthly meetings of the American Association of Retired Persons. Dorothy is on the cover of The Colour Tones at Christmas album. The Art Deco Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kan., now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was where Dorothy worked in the box office when she met the love of her life, R.B. Deal, Jr., who was passing through Hutchinson while playing on a professional baseball team. Dorothy was a charter member of the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild and created some beautiful embroidered quilts, one of which won Best in Show at the guild’s annual Celebration of Quilts. Dorothy’s many interests included Par Avance study club, book clubs, and golf. A talented golfer, Dorothy played in the Women’s CIAW National Golf Championship at the Stillwater Country Club. Honoring her father’s roots, she became a member of Clan Lindsay America and proudly wore the Crawford tartan. Above all her other accomplishments, Dorothy truly valued her role as wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, both sisters, Helen Ramage and Roberta Verhines, husband, R. B. Deal, Jr., son, Paul David Deal and her great-granddaughter, Cordelia Faith Henry. Dorothy is survived by daughters, Louanne Crisp, Marilyn Coulson, Maureen Seavey, Rebecca Ford, daughter-in-law, Trish Deal; 21 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and numerous well-loved cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. All agree, Dorothy was an elegant lady, one of the sweetest and kindest people anyone could ever know. She will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and love her. A memorial service will be 2 p.m Saturday, January 23, at the Mercer-Adams Funeral Service Chapel, 3925 N. Asbury Avenue, Bethany, Oklahoma 73008.
Published on  January 5, 2016
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