Velta Fern Crowder, 93, of Van Buren passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at a local hospital. She was retired cafeteria manager at Sparks Regional Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crawford County,k she enjoyed sewing and growing flowers. She was a member of the Van Buren First Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by one son, Jimmy Crowder; both parents, N.P and Maude (Flanagan) Rice; three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral service was July 14 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Crowder of the home; five daughters, Pat Steward and husband, J.B of Van Buren, Donna Baldridge, Beverly Patterson and husband, Kenneth, Chris Pope and husband Ronnie, all of Alma, and Jeri Brumley and husband Gary of Kibler; one son, Burl Crowder and wife Laura of Van Buren; one sister, Lois Travis of San Antonio, Texas; 13 grandchildren, Deborah Curtis, Terry Crowder, Rickey Crowder, Lisa Johnson, Sherry Lindsey, Darla Bray, Cheryl Stump, Teresa Cameron, Rev. Gary Crowder, Mark Brumley, Amy Orrick, Daniel Brumley and Amanda Patterson; 38 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rick Crowder, Rev. Gary Crowder, Darrell Cameron, David Bray, Michael Bray, and John Curtis.

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