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-- Erma L. Crowder, 72, of Kincaid, died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct.
6, 2009, after a lengthy illness. She had put up a courageous fight
against cancer and died at her home with her family by her side.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Kincaid Baptist
Church, with the Rev. Howard Wise officiating. Visitation
will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.
She will be laid to rest at Bethany Cemetery
following the service.
Holland Barry & Bennett
Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling her
Erma Louise was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in Rolla,
Mo., to Edward and Eva Burd Tyler. The family moved
to the Mount Auburn area in Illinois in the 1940s.
Erma Tyler of Osbernville married Robert Eugene
Crowder of Taylorville on June 25, 1954, in
Taylorville. The Rev. Ralph Cummins officiated and
Edward Tyler and Clara Crowder were witnesses. The
couple had five children: Debra Ann, Robert Edward,
Jeffrey Allen, Lisa Kay and Patricia Sue.
Mrs. Crowder is survived by her husband, of
Kincaid; three daughters, Debbie (and husband Kevin)
Corso of Tovey, Lisa (and husband Daniel) Fleming of
Kincaid and Patty Owens (and companion Butch
Garrison) of Tovey; two sons, Bob (and companion Kim
Kohl) of Kincaid and Jeff (and companion Vauna
Stahl) of Kincaid; her mother; one sister, Velma
(and Don) Haslett of Springfield; two brothers, Dave
(and Jean) Tyler and Fred (and Dee) Tyler of Mount
Auburn; grandchildren Timothy Corso, Shannon Corso,
Melanie Corso McEntire, Joshua Crowder, Jeremy Peat,
Amber Peat, Brandon Crowder, Christina Peat, Michael
Owens, Alisha Owens, Alexandra Crowder and Kyle
Crowder; 11 great-grandchildren and three more on
the way; two aunts; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1999,
son-in-law Fritz Peat in 1992 and son-in-law Aaron
Owens in 1999.
She was a member of the WIBC in Springfield. She
bowled for many years in Taylorville and one year
bowled on three first-place teams.
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She loved playing cards with her family -- Uno and
rummy with her mother and siblings and poker and
Texas hold'em with her children and grandchildren.
She attended several St. Louis Cardinal games and
also enjoyed watching her grandsons play baseball.
She loved going to the riverboat and enjoyed playing
bingo. She especially enjoyed her summer vacations
with her sister, traveling to many different states.
This year Bob and Erma celebrated their 55 years
of marriage with a vacation in Florida.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the
caregiver for her mother-in-law, Clara Lamb, for
many years. She was the strength and backbone of her
She was a wonderful, loving, caring and funny
woman. The family says she kept her sense of humor
up till the end and was the bravest person they
Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society or Memorial Home Hospice.
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