Mildred Elaine Darby Crumby
Mildred Elaine Darby Crumby, age 89, passed peacefully from this world to Heaven on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Malvern Nursing Home.
Mildred was born to Francis Chafer and Ava Alice Brooks Darby in Drumwright, Okla., on March 10, 1925. She was a retired medical secretary for the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs.
In addition, she was secretary for the Hot Spring County Health Department in Malvern. She began her career in Richmond, Calif., as a secretary in the manufacturing industry in which warships were built during World War II.
She was a faithful and active charter member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Magnet Cove. She was a strong Christian and loved her Lord and Savior.
Mildred married Melvin Elwood “Tug” Crumby on June 16, 1944, in Richmond, Calif. Together they raised two children: Rebecca “Becky” Rucker (Joel) of Benton and Melvin “ Sonny” Crumby Jr. (Kathy) of Magnet Cove.
Mildred adored her children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing on Lakes Ouachita and DeGray, camping, traveling, music, reading, sewing, cooking, gardening, bird watching, and family genealogy research.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her two brothers, Edwin Darby of New Mexico and Monty Darby of Oklahoma; two sisters, Evelyne Lynch of Kansas and Virginia Reichert of Napa, Calif.
Loved ones left to cherish her sweet memory are her children; her grandchildren, Amy Baker (Brad) and Tim (Tracy) Rucker (Tracy), both of Benton, Lynn Rucker (Jan) of Cherryvale, Kan., Kacee Sims (Patrick) of Perryville and Trey Crumby (Ashley) of Oxford, Miss.; her great-grandchildren, Emma Kate Baker, Ty Baker, Colby Rucker, Sydnee Sims, Chloee Sims, and Amelia Crumby; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at First Southern Baptist Church in Magnet Cove.
Serving as pallbearers are Tim Rucker, Colby Rucker, Brad Baker, Trey Crumby, and Patrick Sims.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Atkinson Funeral Home.
Arrangements are by Atkinson Funeral Home of Malvern.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to First Southern Baptist in Magnet Cove or the American Cancer Society.
Online guestbook: www.atkinsonfuneralhome.net.
Family comments: A special thank you to Jean Crumby, Rose Ballard and Sissy Bennett for their special loving care of our mother and all who visited, called, and sent cards. We would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and all who were involved in Mother’s care at Baptist Hospital in Malvern in addition to all doctors, nurses, and Hospice Care at the Malvern Nursing Home in Malvern.