Services

Visitation One

Sat. Jul. 13, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Beresford Funeral Service

13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.

Funeral Service

Sat. Jul. 13, 2019
11:00 am

Beresford Funeral Service

13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.

Burial

Sat. Jul. 13, 2019
1:00 pm

Woodlawn Cemetery

1101 Antoine
Houston , TX 77055.
Sat. Jul. 13, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Beresford Funeral Service
13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
Sat. Jul. 13, 2019
11:00 am
Beresford Funeral Service
13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
Sat. Jul. 13, 2019
1:00 pm
Woodlawn Cemetery
1101 Antoine
Houston , TX 77055.
In Memory of
Dorothy Smith Crow
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Dorothy Jean (Smith) Crow was born to Sterling and Louise Smith October 27, 1930 in Houston, TX, lived her life and died in Houston, TX  on June 29, 2019. She was a caring and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Known to all as Gammaw, she gave strong hugs to all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all others who she loved. She was was an avid reader of all kinds of history and wrote about early family generations and of her own experience growing up in Houston. She loved the Bible and read it with its extensive footnotes annually. Without hesitation, she considered the top thing in her life was to find the Lord in her early life and to be shepherded by Him her entire life, even until to her last moment among us. She was increasingly drawn to love and enjoy Christ personally, sharing her joy with believers and all others alike. She knew pain and was very physically limited in her last years yet  did not complain but rather found the secret balm of touching the Lord and receiving His intimate supply to carry her through. She felt privileged to join in caring for God’s need to have a dwelling built among His believers and for that she daily prayed a long prayer list that included by name all those she knew and many she just knew of, that they could have the rich experience she was having. She loved her family dearly and was generous to the point of sharing everything she had monetarily and physically. She tried not to hold back anything and she, like the widow’s giving of coins story in the Bible, faithfully gave to the Lord and to lots of people from the limited income she had. 

Dorothy is preceded in death by her son “Chuck” w/ widow Mary and survived by her daughter Marilu Veale w/ husband Jim, son Andy Crow w/ wife Linda; also by her grandchildren Nathan Crow w/wife Hannah, Mark Veale w/ wife Veronica, Justin Crow w/ wife Lauren, Brad Veale, Lynn Marie Anderson w/ her husband Justin, Travis Crow, Jenny Crow and Keleigh Cummings; also by her eleven great grandchildren Timothy, Eloise, Dylan, Julia, Amelia, Wyatt, Alden, Thomas, Hugo, Leila and Nigel.

Sign Guestbook

Mary Cummings

Betty Dollens

Tributes

Message from
Mary Cummings
Tue, 07/02/2019

Dorothy treated me as her daughter from the day I met her. Her kindness and emotional support never failed me. Being her adopted daughter was a privilege and honor. Living next to her for years and with, her surrounded us with love and strength. Her love and support of our family will always be cherished.

Message from
Marilu Veale
Tue, 07/02/2019

My memories of Mama in my childhood are pretty idyllic. She frequently made kool-aid popsicles and home baked cookies and invited the neighboring kids to a reading from the latest Weekly Reader Book Club book or to gather round and watch the original Mickey Mouse Club. She took us to various activities and supported us in whatever we did.

When I was thirteen, my father left us. One night, for some reason, I was wakeful and noticed as I headed down the hall that my mother was sitting in her rocking chair. She had her Bible open in her lap and was praying. She spoke to the Lord as her husband and asked for His help in making little decisions about raising us, her children. That was a glimpse for a younger me into how Mama relied on the Lord in the small, every-day things. In a time full of uncertainty, that picture of my mother leaning on the Lord helped to keep my heart.

When I was much older, Mama spent some years in our home and during that time we laughed a lot and cried a lot and in so many things, big and small, she brought us to prayer. She loved and prayed for her children and our children and our spouses and our children’s spouses and their children and for the concerns of the church. I was blessed to often enter into that prayer with her. She was not always happy, but she strove to be content in all things and the time I spent with her was sweet.

I love my mother as a mom, my children’s grandmother, their children’s great-grandmother, as a sister in the Lord, and a loving, caring prayer partner who entered into my concerns whether she agreed with my viewpoint or not, and always, always led me to prayer to touch the throne of grace. I miss her face and her voice, but I am at peace that if she is absent with us, she is present with the Lord she loves.

Message from
Jim Veale
Thu, 07/11/2019

I have been Dorothy’s son-in-law for the last forty-three years. I did not meet my wife until five years after first meeting Dorothy and her two sons. For about the first six months I knew Dorothy, I got to know her youngest son Chuck in children’s meeting each Lord’s Day. Over those months I observed the love and concern of a mother toward her child. In a short time after first meeting Dorothy’s daughter, Marilu, I knew we would be married. While our engagement was short, what assured me about Marilu as my wife was that love that I saw in Dorothy toward Chuck as it spoke of the home life Marilu had been raised in.

From 2002 to 2012, Dorothy lived with us for about eight years. Something happened with Dorothy in that time. Rather than just waiting to go to be with the Lord, she began mingling her care for her family with her love and desire to be with those who not only loved the Lord but also actively pursued Him. She loved the weekdays when she met to pray for the church, the needs of church members, new ones, and the Lord’s move on the earth today with sisters her age whom she also met with every Lord’s Day together with the other members of the church in Long Beach, CA. She proved in my eyes, that the Lord does not care who you may appear to be today; He honors the desire and prayers of those who pursue Him together for the desire of His heart.

I really started missing Dorothy’s presence not long after she left our home for the last time seven years ago and that missing continues even more now that she is no longer temporarily available to Marilu, me, and our two sons. As a son-in-law, I love Dorothy as my sister in Christ and for her heart and desire to know the Lord whom she so vigorously and faithfully pursued as her life and living. The Lord’s work in her just for the brief time she was with us was visibly evident and she, no doubt, even now is rejoicing with those who preceded her and those who are following her into a fuller and deeper realization of the joy of the Lord’s presence.