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Emma A. Crawford

September 9, 1919 — July 23, 2023

Arapahoe, Nebraska

Emma Amelia Crawford, 103 years 10 months and 14 days, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away in her home on July 23, 2023 surrounded by family and friends.  Emma was born on September 9, 1919, on her parents farm near Hordville, Nebraska to John and Ida (Peterson) Bush. She had 4 brothers and 3 sisters; Wilma “El Nora”, Howard, Andrew, Helen, Nora, Max and Robert. 


Emma attended rural school in Hordville, Nebraska, but stayed home two days a week to help care for her mother, who was ill. Emma married Cyrus Weeks in 1940. Their Son, Dennis Weeks was born in 1941 and Cyrus died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm in November of the same year. 


Emma attended college in Central City, NE and taught rural school in Bradshaw, then later taught in Elwood and Hendley, after receiving her teaching certificate from Kearney State College in 1969. Emma married Murel Crawford on June 17, 1948 in Gering, Nebraska. 3 children were born to this union, Marvin, John and Marilin.  


Much of their time was spent in the Custom Harvesting business traveling from Texas to South Dakota.  Emma took the kids and accompanied Murel on the harvest circuit. Emma was then employed at the Good Samaritan Rest Home in Arapahoe, where she retired at the age of 75.


Emma then helped with bookkeeping duties at Crawford Repair, for son Marvin, until she was 97 years old.  Her interests included reading, crocheting, being active in her church and attending activities with family and friends.


Emma is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, son Dennis, and six stepchildren.


She is survived by her children Marvin (Becky) Crawford of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, John (Julie) Crawford of Arapahoe, Marilin Crawford of Lincoln, and daughter-in-law Dorothy Weeks, of Omaha, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.


Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, July 26, 2023, from 6 PM till 8 PM at Garey Funeral Chapel in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Arapahoe Methodist Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Joel Rathbun, officiating. Interment will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Arapahoe Methodist Church. Services will be livestreamed on “Arapahoe Methodist Church” Facebook page. Garey Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, July 26, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Garey Funeral Home-Arapahoe

652 Main St., Arapahoe, NE 68922

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Funeral Service

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Arapahoe Methodist Church

705 5th Street, Arapahoe, NE 68922

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

Starts at 11:15 am (Central time)

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