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Crawford, Gwendolyn B. (Souther)B.A. 1938; M.Ed.

D.O.D 07/25/2012 - Gwendolyn “Gwen” B. Crawford was born December 18, 1914, in Enid to Guy and Lela (Nelson) Souther and attended Enid schools, graduating from Enid High School in 1932. She then attended Phillips University in Enid and graduated with a degree in science.

Gwen got her first teaching job in Woodward, where she started the first Girl Scout camp in that area. It is also where she met her future husband, Ivan Crawford. They married December 25, 1939 in Enid.

In 1954, they purchased Souther Florist from her parents and ran the business together until Ivan’s death in 1963. Gwen continued running the business and took up flying in 1967, becoming a “flying farmer” and “99er,” which included flying in four “powder puff derby” cross country air races. She also began traveling extensively, covering most of the globe, usually traveling with the FTD organization.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Beta Child Study Club, Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as many other organizations.

Gwen spent 64 summers at her vacation home on Lake Vallecito, outside Durango, Colorado, with family and friends. Nearing the age of 90, she moved to St. Ann’s Retirement Center in Oklahoma City and began a new life developing a host of new friends. She continued to be active in her local church and, as always, playing bridge, train, canasta and skip-bo on a daily basis.

Gwen had three children: Deanna Mooney, Ron, and Bill Crawford. She died July 25, 2012