|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1937|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1991|
Daughter of Arthur McCowan and Livvie Bilbrey McCowan. Mother of Bobbie "Darlene", Allen Wayne, Stanley Ervin Jr., Ruby "Marlene", Vickie Lynn and Ralph "Tony" Anthony Crawford. Wife of Stanley Crawford and Richard Blanch.
Ina loved to travel. She loved seeing new places. She visited 49 of the 50 states and had planned a trip to Europe when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. And she LOVED games. Scrabble, Bingo, Boggle, Poker and Nerts are just a few. I spent many an hour, nay nights, playing games and she's always say, "Just one more!" Her niece Kim was another favorite to play games with. Combine the two loves of travel and games and yes the favorite fun spot was Las Vegas.
There is no way to put into words that this woman was special. She was the light. Her love of life and family was like magic.
Ina was loved by everyone who knew her. She was the devoted daughter who adored her mother, the older sister who mothered her sisters, the loyal and committed wife, the greatest mother and grandmother.
Life does go on, but it is a lie to say it gets better. We just fool ourselves into not thinking of her as often. Or pretend we have not seen her in a while. When we really think about the fact that she is gone and we will never see her again, we feel that pain as harsh and agonizing as ever.
As her granddaughter, I am biased. But she really was a rare woman. EVERYONE she met not only liked her, they LOVED her. She was just amazing and fun and the type of person that people just want to be around.
Whenever her husband did something she did not like she would say, "Richard you jackass!" It was said with affection and humor and he was always tickled by it. Like he had achieved his goal if he got her to say it. Richard was an indulgent husband who let his wife do everything she wanted to do. Our family is so grateful for that because he let Grandma retire from the factory and she was able to spend the last ten years of her life doing the things she loved. If it had not been for Richard she would never have "retired" and she would have worked the factory until she died.
So Ina (Grandma) had ten years of travel and family and playing games before she got sick. She had been such a hard worker all of her life she really deserved it.
Arthur B McCowan (1916 - 1976)
Livvie Bilbrey McCowan (1920 - 2010)
Stanley E. Crawford (1935 - 2001)
Bobbie "Darlene" McKenzie (1953 - 2012)*
Allen Wayne Crawford (1954 - 2005)*
Stanley Ervin Crawford (1955 - 1955)*
Ina Mae McCowan Blanch (1937 - 1991)
Anna Dean McCowan Gibson (1938 - 2010)*
Norene McCowan (1940 - 1941)*
Jackie Loraine McCowan (1957 - 1966)**
Gardens of Memory
Created by: Crystal
Record added: Feb 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33645073