TUCSON — Cheryl Jean Crawford, 71, of Tucson and formerly an Eloy teacher, died peacefully on May 30, 2019, after a lengthy illness.

Ms. Crawford was born to Walter and Irene (Fuhrer) Burke on April 10, 1948, in Gregory, South Dakota. She was raised in Winner, South Dakota, and graduated from Winner High School in 1966. She was married to Lawrence Crawford for 17 years and had three children. She felt blessed to be able to stay home with her children when they were young and was always involved in their activities.

In 1989, she graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in elementary education. She lived in South Dakota until 1994, when she moved to Arizona with her family. She was a beloved third grade teacher at Curiel Primary School in Eloy for 18 years. She felt that teaching was a way of life for her, not just a job. She was disappointed when health problems forced her to retire in 2012. In addition to teaching, she loved traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Lori Adams; a son, Robert Crawford; and a granddaughter. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Corey Crawford.

Visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Catalina Lutheran Church. Service there at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Service of committal and burial later in Winner.

Donations may be made to: Catalina Lutheran Church, 15855 N. Twin Lakes Drive, Catalina, AZ 85739, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Vistoso Funeral Home of Oro Valley in charge of arrangements.

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