OBIT—Karen Crawford

Oct. 29, 1940-June 26, 2018

Karen Crawford (known by her many loving nicknames: “Grandma Kay,” “Ethel” and “KK”) passed away of natural causes with her husband and daughters by her side on June 26, 2018. She went peacefully at home looking out onto the golf course where she built her life. She will be remembered for the amazingly kind and fun-loving woman that she was to all around her.

     She was born Karen Anderson to Milton and Edna Anderson on October 29, 1940. She was the second of five children. They grew up on North Hayes Street in Helena, Mont., where their house was the center of activity for all the neighborhood kids. As a child, she spent summers in Lincoln, Mont. at the family cabin. She attended Hawthorne Elementary and Helena High. Her high school years were filled with activities, like: twirling, 4H-Club and half-court basketball. 

     She married her high school sweetheart and had three daughters: Karrie, Kim and Kris. Karen learned to be a farm and rodeo wife. She was a ranch hand, short order cook, 4-H leader and all-around wonderful mother. Karen had a kindness everyone noticed, a beautiful smile and deep blue eyes that made you feel loved. Karen retired from the state of Montana in 1991. After retirement, she worked various part-time jobs and helped take care of her grandkids. 

     She married Harry Crawford in 1979; they had known each other since childhood and went on to have a full and eventful marriage together. They traveled to 48 states together, getting to know as much of the United States as they could. They enjoyed golfing together, especially at “The Fat Harry Open.” They had many close friends, who enjoyed ski trips, golf competitions and countless laughs and memories together. They spent several winters in Cathedral City, Calif., where Karen loved golfing in the sunshine, water aerobics and cocktail hour with friends.

     Karen and Harry have 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Karen and Harry were the biggest fans to all their grandkids at every opportunity and extracurricular event. Karen was one of the most gentle, mild-mannered souls. Her example has influenced and will continue to influence all of us. She used her life to show us how to be better, kinder, more loving parents, friends and partners. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

     Karen is preceded in death by her parents Edna and Milton Anderson, her sister Connie Anderson Galivan, brother Mickey Anderson, and daughter Karrie Kelly Wattnem and survived by husband Harry Crawford, brother Bobby (Donna) Anderson, sister Kathy (Jim) White, daughters Kim (Randy) Kelly Kallistad, Kris (Chuck) Kelly Schommer, stepdaughter Marti (Bob) Pearce, stepsons Joe (Lori) Crawford, Sam Crawford, Stewart (Terry) Crawford, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date this summer. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Karen.

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