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Elaine Florence Crew

September 20, 1939 - November 22, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Elaine Florence Crew

Elaine Florence Crew

Born: September 20, 1939
Died: November 22, 2019
Age: 80

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Elaine Florence Crew, the daughter of Raymond Jerry “Ray” Root and Florence Genevieve Olson, was born near Ruthven, Iowa on September 20, 1939. The family also lived for a couple of years in Minnesota and Oregon. They settled in the Los Angeles area in 1952, where Elaine graduated from Whittier High School in 1957.

When the family came back to Iowa to visit relatives and friends, Elaine agreed to go on a blind date with Roger Crew, set up by her cousin Vernon Olson. The rest is history! Roger proposed to her on Thunder Bridge in Spencer. While they were separated between Iowa and California, Roger and Elaine wrote to each other daily, for a year and a half. The treasured hundreds of letters are still together in a box, wrapped in pink and blue ribbons. They were married on November 30th, 1958 in Whittier, California. Roger and Elaine moved to the Gillette Grove area and farmed before moving to Spencer in 1962. (She tells a story of an injured chicken she had to shoot on the farm)!

Roger and Elaine co-owned the Town and Country Drive-In in Spencer for 10 years, and raised their 3 children. Elaine later worked at Economy Insurance and Eaton Corporation, and also worked as a CNA for 10 years at Spencer Hospital.

Elaine loved Jesus, and loved to share of His love with others. She and Roger were very involved with the building of Foundations Church, and even had a part in choosing the original name of DaySpring! She loved reading, traveling to see all of her 6 grandchildren, and treasured her many friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Valerie (Bill) Tulip of Spencer, IA, Kellie Burns of Spencer, IA and Steven (Jennifer) Crew of Lawton, IA; 6 grandchildren, Alex (Amy) Tulip of Minneapolis, MN, Tech Sergeant Ben (Crystal) Tulip of Ramstein AFB in Germany, and Leslie Tulip (Tim) Falkenberg of Salzburg, Austria, grandchildren Harry, Jack and Olivia Crew of Lawton, IA and great grandson Daniel Tulip of Minneapolis, MN; 2 brothers, Roger and Harlan Root of Arizona and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 25 at Foundation Church in Spencer, IA.
Pastor Nicholas Hanges
Steven Crew
Harry Crew
Jack Crew
Olivia Crew
Bill Tulip
Alex Tulip
Jeff Brobst
Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 24 at Warner Funeral Home.
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"
By Terry Klein
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, IA


Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 9:01 AM
“To each member of Elaine's family, I offer my deepest condolences. Elaine (and Roger) were both very special to me although we never personally met. We have been christian friends for over 10 years.I will miss her deeply and our many christian fellowships and discussions and prayers via phone or email. May God's loving peace and mercy surround each of you during this difficult time but to think that Elaine can now be with Roger and to be able to reach out and touch the Face of God is a just reward for such a faithful child of God. She leaves a big hole in my earthly heart but I shall fill it with many wonderful memories.”
- Pastor Rick Atwell
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“My heart just broke when I learned of Elaine's passing, and the fact I completely missed her visitation and funeral. What a wonderful woman. She was a big part of part of my prayer life and answering questions when I switched to to Foundation Church, she meant a lot.
My heart goes out to all the family as you're grieving. Share her stories so everyone can pass down your wonderful memories with her. God bless you and be with you during this time but also in those other moments - those firsts (seconds, thirds, etc) take time to grieve and think about her. I pray that God will be with you during those moments in the form of other friends and family to lean on and share with.”
- Stephanie Napp
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“We were saddened to hear of Elaine’s passing because we and many others will miss her. But we rejoice knowing she is with her Lord and Savior Jesus and with her beloved Roger. We pray the grace of the Lord Jesus, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all at this difficult time.”
- Bob and Barb Van Wyk
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:48 AM
“Sorry for your loss. May God be with you at the time.”
- Judy & Robert Jaminet
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:45 PM
“Elaine was our daughter's day-care person in the early 70's. She was kind and loving and I knew without a doubt my child would be safe and happy while in Elaine's care. I extend my sympathy to her family.
- Joyce Rohrbaugh
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:19 PM
“What a beautiful lady.....inside and out. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the family in the days and weeks to come. Hang on to those treasured memories!
- Janet and Jay Selzer
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:52 PM
“I was so sad to hear of Elaine’s passing. She was the first person that welcomed me and took me under her wing at Dayspring at the old brick church. What a wonderful christian woman who is now in Jesus’s arms. She will be missed!”
- Marcia Taylor
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“So Sorry for your Loss Valerie,and Bill.May the Peace of God which Passes all Understanding,be Yours and the family,at this Sad time.As you Celebrate your Mom's Life,and Joy of being with your Dad again,know She is Rejoycing with Jesus💜love you,Sharon”
- Sharon Brownlie
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“Valerie, Kellie and Steve (and Families)
We are so very sorry for the loss of your Mama, but grateful for God's rich promises now fulfilled in her life. We send big hugs and prayers.”
- Susan Christensen
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing, she was a very sweet, gentle lady. I treasure the memories of our family get togethers many years ago. My sincere sympathy to Elaine’s family.”
- Linda (Campbell) Marshall
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:25 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to you and your family.”
- Ross Regennitter and Family
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:35 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and friend. God will bless her as she enters a new life in heaven with her beloved husband, Roger.”
- Nadene Gross
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 5:20 PM
“Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God surround you during this difficult time.”
- Ruben & Donnis Stugart
Friday, November 22, 2019 at 4:50 PM
“My Sympathy.”
- Diane Mozena
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