Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Constance "Beth" Crabtree

It is with great sadness and relief that the family of Constance "Beth" Crabtree announces her passing at Ivy Place Assisted Living in Boise, Idaho.

She was born Oct. 20, 1940, and passed away on March 16, 2008. She was 67 years old. Beth was born in Compton, Calif., to the parents of Jack and Connie Fromm. She met her soul mate and husband of 47 years, Phil Crabtree, while living and working in Alta, Utah, in 1958. They married and eventually moved back to Balboa Island in Southern California in 1962. Beth was pregnant with their only son, Michael Crabtree, who was born in 1963. In 1965 they moved their new family to Bend, Ore., were Beth was the executive secretary to the president of the Mount Bachelor Ski Resort. In 1982 they moved to Ketchum, Idaho, to start Middle Fork River Tours, which ran wilderness rafting trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. It was family-owned and operated by the Crabtree family until it sold 1995. Beth was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and Parkinson's related dementia in 2004. She eventually needed more care than could be provided at home and settled into a beautiful, small assisted-living home in the historic North End in Boise, Idaho.

Beth will always be remembered for her gentle touch and smiling face. She was always eager to make sure everyone was happy, well cared for, and included. Her laugh was infectious and could always be counted on to cheer you up and brighten the room. She was an amazing baker who loved to share her sweet treats and her recipes are in kitchens across the U.S. and beyond. Beth had an endless affection for dogs and she leaves behind Misty & Will, who will miss her loving touch and warm embrace dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Connie Fromm, and her brother Jack Fromm Jr. She is survived by her husband, Phil Crabtree; son Michael Crabtree; brother and sister-in-law Dr. Jim & Jean Crabtree; sister-in-law Joann Black; as well as nieces Lynn Dee Heras, Camie Russell, Krista Griffin, Holly Wilson, Aimee Van Nieulande, Lara Regan; and nephews Dr. Jay Crabtree, John Crabtree and Eric Crabtree.

Words cannot express the gratitude the Crabtree family has for the friends, family, and professionals who participated in her life and her care. Phil and Michael would like to call special attention to Lisa Sjoberg, Gina Slane, Dr. Scott McLean, Dr. Dan Fairman, Dr. John Nutt at Oregon Heath Sciences Parkinson's Center, Jackie Johnson and Harrison's Hope Hospice, and Ivy Place Assisted Living & their wonderful staff. The love, compassion, care and gentle touch of all these individuals will always be cherished and remembered for making Beth's life as manageable, safe, and dignified as possible to the end of her beautiful life.

Be sure to say "I love you" as often as possible, as there may be a time when you cannot speak those words to the ones you love.

"May your path be wide and free."—Jerry Garcia.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Beth Crabtree to: The Parkinson's Center of Oregon (PCO), OHSU Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon Street, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97205-2021.

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