Sara Ann Crawford

West Branch and Whittemore, Michigan
July 15, 1953 - March 16, 2020

Service Location

Ogemaw County Fairgrounds, West Branch, Michigan

Services

Sara's family will host a celebration of life on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds.

Obituary Notice

Sara Ann Crawford, age 66 of Prescott, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2020 with her family by her side.

Sara is survived by her loving children; Carrie Ann (Travis) Thorson and Jonathan (Jill Diehl) Crawford. Adored grandchildren; Issabella, Erika, Carter and Keaton. Beloved companion; Eugene Near. Siblings; Sally Thompson, Ed Swanson, Genie (Bill) Ehinger, Neil (Tracie) Swanson, Stanley (Tammy) Swanson and Marshall Swanson. Cherished nieces, nephews and friends.

Sara was born on July 15, 1953 in Manistee, Michigan to the late Richard and Margaret (Covington) Swanson. After attending the Whittemore- Prescott School System, she was married and raised her family in West Branch. She enjoyed working on the family farm. She was a Secretary for the family business, a partner in Raus Tavern, Co-Owner of Greenwood Auto Wash and a school bus driver for the West Branch Area Schools for several years. She later started working for her brother at Swanson’s Excavating until she met Eugene Near, and began working for Near’s Inc. in Whittemore.

The Ogemaw County Fair was a passion for Sara. She sat on the Board for many years and worked hard year after year to ensure that the fairground’s was one the “best in the state”. She loved her “fair family” and the friendships that she developed there. She looked forward to family trips to Florida and Bear Lake, getaways with the “girls” to Traverse City and watching the beautiful sunsets and cherished time spent with family and friends.

Sadly, Sara became ill with a rare form of Parkinson’s disease called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Her huge heart, courage and love of life helped her battle this condition for many years until finally losing the fight on Monday, March 16, 2020. She was preceded in death by her sister; Mary Snyder and brother; Frank Kirkland.

Sara was buried in a beautiful handcrafted casket, that she made with Eugene in a labor of love and acceptance, at a private ceremony on March 19, 2020 at Saints Cemetery in Whittemore, Michigan officiated by Pastor Randy Brokaw.

The family will host a Celebration of Life gathering from Noon – 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds.


Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Sara to Ogemaw Co Fairgrounds or to the family c/o Buresh Funeral Home (P.O. Box 130, Hale, Michigan 48739). Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

Memorials

Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Sara to Ogemaw Co Fairgrounds or to the family c/o Buresh Funeral Home (P.O. Box 130, Hale, Michigan 48739).

Cemetery

Saints Cemetery, Whittemore, Michigan

Condolences

To my Sara, the fair lady that I always looked up to who became so much more to me. I am truly blessed that you trusted me enough to be in your life. I will miss our conversations, your smile but mostly the way you would laugh at me when I told a story or did something clumsy! I love you! Until we meet again!
— Vicki Barnes
it is with a heavy heart that we have lost Sara but her memory of life and acceptance of everyone is something rarely seen in others. Sara was always there for me to accept my mis-steps and bad decisions. Sara provided me love and guidance when i needed it the most. I will forever miss her. Love your brother Stan
— Stan Swanson
May you rest in eternal peace, Sara. I'll never forget the birthday parties for Carrie and the trip to Florida, 4H at MSU, and the summers spent at the lake house. You'll be dearly missed! I'll watch over Carrie for you. Love you! -Kristin
— Kristin Davison Sellers
So sorry for your loss.
Sara was a beautiful hard working lady that had a smile and bright blue eyes that would light the room up. I know she changed my life over the 25 years I was her companion. Sara was an incredible caring person that I will miss dearly and she was the love of my life.
— Eugene Near
I COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER SISTER-IN-LAW. SHE WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE THAT KNEW HER AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T KNOW HER MISSED A GREAT PERSON. I LOVE YOU AND WILL HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE FOR YOU IN MY HEART FOR YOU.
— FRAN IRVING
I learned so much during my time with Sara as one of her caregivers. While I never heard her voice, she taught me about strength, compassion, love and resilience among many other things. The first time I transferred her from her wheelchair to her recliner, I burst into tears. Once I got her settled, I handed her an I pad on which she used to communicate. Her message said "If you are going to take care of me, you better get your big girl panties on". From that point on, bloomed a beautiful friendship that will be in my heart forever. I feel your love everyday my friend. Rest In Peace!
— Mary Kay Bell
Sara was such a wonderful addition to our family, always baking a cake for a special occasion, doing someone a kindness without expecting a thank you, sending a greeting card for every holiday. She was such a loving, optimistic, hard working, generous person..a shining example of what we can and should all be.
— Connie Richardson

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