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Asenath Nadine Crabtree
07/18/1941 - 09/25/2020
Obituary for Asenath Nadine Crabtree
Asenath Nadine (Learn) Crabtree, 79, of Sedalia, MO went to be with Jesus Christ on Friday, September 25, 2020 while at Bothwell Regional Health Center. She was born on July 18, 1941 in Kalispell, MT the daughter of John Wilfred and Ruth Ethelyn (Griffin) Learn. At the age of 4 years old, she was adopted by her grandparents, Levi Learn and Myrtle Viola (Mongan) Learn, who all have preceded her in death.
On June 16, 1959 in Idaho she was united in marriage to William Martin Crabtree, who resides in the home.
Asenath loved family. Her own, and all the many others she welcomed into her family. It would be easy to mourn the loss of a woman who loved without limits, and taught grace and forgiveness as a mission throughout her life. She bestowed kindness on everyone she ever encountered, and glowed with her love of Christ. We will celebrate a woman who loved to serve the Lord and shared her faith and God's love everywhere she went. We celebrate a wife, who shared 61 years with the love of her life and father of her children. Together, Asenath and her lifelong soulmate, Bill raised five of their own children and mentored many more. They built a life together, many businesses together, and shared a love that inspired so many of their friends and family. She loved to travel and instilled that passion in her own children, traveling to all 50 states and numerous countries throughout her lifetime. We celebrate a woman dedicated to her church, her community her family and the Lord. A woman who played piano, organ, and many instruments by ear and who gave selflessly to anyone in need. But perhaps what she is most known for is being a "doll of a lady". We celebrate the life of a little girl whose mother left her, but gave her a doll as a child, a doll that she did not want to play with because she hurt. A doll that came to be the meaning of forgiveness as she grew and come to understand the importance of forgiving her mother. We celebrate Asenath Crabtree, the woman who surrounded herself with a collection of 2,000 dolls, each a reminder of God's grace and the importance of forgiveness.
In addition to her husband William, she is survived by five children, Dorothy Dyer of Tonopah, AZ, Martin Crabtree (Rhonda) of Sedalia, Tony Crabtree (Julia) of Stover, Cindy Colgan (Shawn) of Buckeye, AZ, and Terry Crabtree (Shalonda) of Buckeye, AZ; two foster children, Beth Borsella of Grandview, MO and Doug Lambert of South Carolina; 33 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; a half brother Gary Learn and a half sister.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a foster daughter Lenora Hooper; a brother Gene Learn; and a sister, Gaybeth Cleveland; a half brother Keith Learn and a half sister.
Funeral service for Asenath will be a private family graveside. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Our family appreciates your understanding during this time.
Pallbearers will be Zachary Crabtree, Joe Bell, Eric Colgan, Brandon Colgan, Tanner Crabtree and Conner Crabtree.
Honorary Bearers will be Dylan White, Tristen Reece, Kalop Pugh, Jared Crabtree, Shawn Crabtree, Austin Colgan, Tyler Colgan and Patrick Colgan.
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