Carolyn M. Crabtree, 70, of Highland, formerly of Belleville, died on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.
Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. A memorial service will follow the visitation on Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Will VerDuin, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville.
She was born on July 11, 1945 in Highland to Elmer A. and Melba (Stoecklin) Thiems. She married Clifford E. Crabtree on June 3, 1979 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, and they enjoyed 23 years together. He passed away on Nov. 8, 2002.
Mrs. Crabtree retired as secretary for the Department of Defense after almost 30 years of dedicated service. She served her entire Civil Service time with the U.S. Air Force at Scott Air Force Base.
Surviving are her step-children, Deidree M. (Byron) Nowak of Belleville, Tanya Crabtree of St. Louis, Mo., and Keith (Angela) Crabtree of Columbia, Ill.; grandchildren, Sean Nowak, Rhaisha (Zack) Canty, Johnna Schimanski, Isabella Crabtree, Eva Crabtree, and Maya Crabtree; great-grandchildren, Declan Dobbs and Jace Dobbs; and a brother, Stephen (Bonnie) Thiems of Highland.
Memorials may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.