Joann Alexander Crawford, 84, 40-year NC labor and delivery nurse

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Joann Alexander Crawford, of Wilmington, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at the age of 84.

Mrs. Crawford was born on Dec. 31, 1930, in Charlotte to Louis Alexander and Roxie Garrett Ware. She later moved to Pennsylvania, where she met her husband, Charles S. Crawford Sr. They eventually returned to North Carolina when Mr. Crawford was transferred to Camp Lejeune after enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Crawford Sr.; father, Louis Alexander; stepfather, Winslow Ware; mother, Roxie Ware; and sister, Carol Alexander.

She is survived by her children, Michael Crawford, of Leland, C. S. Crawford Jr. and wife Janeen, of Suffolk, Virginia, Alan Crawford and wife Wendy, of Leland, Susan C. Beaver and husband Van, of Graham, Jon L. Crawford, of Burgaw and Phillip J. Crawford and wife Lisa, of Burlington; brother, Donald L. Alexander, of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren, Tisha Miller and husband Matt, Andy Beaver and wife Alicia, Steven Crawford, Christine Smith and husband Phillip, Brandon Crawford, Cameron Crawford and Christopher Crawford; great-grandchildren, Blake Bunch, Brayden Beaver, Andrew Smith, Charleigh Crawford, Trey Smith and Grayson Miller; and her unborn grandson, Bricen Beaver.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Oleander Memorial Gardens in the Mausoleum Chapel.

Mrs. Crawford was a labor and delivery nurse for over 40 years, having worked in hospitals in Burlington and around New Hanover County. She served as a Cub Scout den mother during her children’s youth and was active at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington.

In her later years, she enjoyed reading, watching TV (particularly ice skating and NASCAR racing), collecting cookbooks, spending time with her family and enjoying her days with her Pacifica family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was adored by her family.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service.

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