NORMAN — Gwen Ann (McCann) Crumpley, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Norman. Gwen was born Dec. 20, 1923, in Checotah to John William McCann and Gwendolyn Lynes McCann.
Gwen’s family moved to Springfield, Mo., in 1932, and she graduated from Springfield High School in 1941. It was there she first met Bob Crumpley. After graduation from high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1945.
On May 5, 1945, Gwen and Bob were married in Norman. They moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1949 and started their family. Their first three sons were born in Wichita: Kelly in 1951, Mark in 1952 and Rob in 1956. Bob and Gwen returned to Norman in 1959, and their youngest son, Pat, was born in 1962.
In 1971, once the boys were all in school, Gwen went to work for OU, working in computer services as a programmer/analyst until her retirement in 1986. While the boys were in school, Gwen was active in the Jackson Elementary PTA, eventually serving a year as president. For many years, she also volunteered regularly as an election worker at her local polling station.
In retirement, Gwen loved to travel. She and Bob visited all of the lower 48 states and Canada in the course of their travels, and Gwen also took a trip to Ireland with a group of friends. Gwen was a voracious reader, and a crossword puzzle was part of her daily routine. Most of all, she reveled in a good game of bridge and played regularly with a group of longtime friends until just weeks before her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gwendolyn McCann; her husband, Bob; her sister, Mary Jeanne Bauer; her brother-in-law, Holland Mondy; her eldest son, Kelly; a granddaughter, Sarah Katherine Crumpley; and a great-grandson, Ayden Crumpley.
She is survived by three sons, Mark Crumpley and wife Jayne of Norman, Robert Crumpley and wife Ruanne of Broomfield, Colo., and Patrick Crumpley of Norman; Kelly’s widow, Jan Crumpley of Dover, Del.; 10 grandsons and 15 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Sarah McCann Hampson of Spokane, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Patricia Mondy of Corpus Christi, Texas; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Bauer of Broken Arrow.
Gwen was dearly loved by her family and friends. She considered the world a beautiful place, and it was in some small part because of her presence in it. She will be sorely missed.
In accordance with Gwen’s wishes, a family memorial will be hosted at a later date.
Arrangements for Gwen and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013