Mary Loretta (Crawford) Moran Butler, homemaker, died Friday, May 30, 2014,
at Franciscan Villa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She was 92 years old. Mary
was born March 5, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio to Harry and Loretta (Jennings)
Crawford, the sixth of their nine children. Raised in Columbus, Mary attended
Holy Name School and graduated from North High School in 1939. While attending
The Ohio State University, she met Joseph P. Moran and they fell in love.
During WWII, Mary worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company and when
Joe returned from England in 1945, they were married.
Joe's work as a petroleum engineer with Dowell took the young couple
to small towns in Illinois and south Texas, where they started their family.
They moved to Tulsa in 1957. Mary and Joe raised two children with love
and laughter for 34 years until Joe's death in 1979. In 1982, she
married Walter Butler with whom she enjoyed travel and companionship until
his death in 1989.
A life-long Catholic, Mary was a member of the Church of St. Mary and an
active Bishop Kelley High School parent. She practiced her faith as a
church and school volunteer, scout leader and sports Mom.
Mary shared common interests and years of fun with her wide circle of friends.
She loved to play golf and remained an active member of the LaFortune
Park Ladies' Golf Association. She played all kinds of card games
and was an exceptional bridge player. With her friends, she enjoyed trips
to Grand Lake and cruises to foreign ports, always with card games on
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and always put the needs
of her family ahead of her own. Although she lived far away from her eight
siblings, she remained close to them, traveling to weddings and other
family gatherings or just to visit. She rarely missed a Crawford Madness
family reunion in Ohio, knowing it was the best way to keep the others
from talking about her.
Mary is survived by her brother Frank Crawford of Chevy Chase, MD; son
Christopher Moran of Jackson, WY; daughter Martha Moran Schultz and husband
Ted of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter Bridgett Moran Frederick and husband Russell
of Tulsa, OK; grandson Michael J. Moran and wife Melissa of Broken Arrow,
OK; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Joseph P. Moran
and second husband Walter M. Butler; brothers George, John, Harry and
Stan Crawford; and sisters Elizabeth Crawford, Clara Crawford, and Ann Dountz.
Mary's family is most grateful to staff and friends at Franciscan Villa,
her home the past 3 years, for taking care of our beloved mother and grandmother.
Friends may honor Mary's love of golf with donations to The First
Tee of Tulsa
which inspires youth to succeed through golf programs, or to a favorite charity.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10am, in the chapel
at the Church of St. Mary, 1347 E 49th Place, Tulsa, OK.