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Mary Jesus Crowson nee Fernandes, died on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Mary was born in Danbury Connecticut, December 13, 1941. The first child of six. Her parents were proud Portuguese immigrants. Her mother, Mary Fernandes nee Santos was from Madeira, and her father João Fernandes was from Porto. Her parents moved shortly after she was born to Bridgewater Massachusetts, where she grew up. She helped raise her 5 younger siblings, allowing her mom and dad to work fulltime.

When she graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1959, she enlisted in the Air Force, and was stationed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas. While at Lackland Air Force base she met the love of her life, Utah C. Crowson. They were married shortly thereafter. They had 2 children. She traveled the United States, while her husband took different duty assignments during his 20+ year career. He retired to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she continued to work for civil service. Mary also continued her service in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Master Sargent.

She was an enthusiastic player of games. She loved Scrabble, Poker, Michigan Rummy, and Scribbage. She was a passionate Volksmarcher, and travelled to many Volksmarches. She also loved line dancing.

She was a lifelong learner, and later in life went to night school and proudly earned her master’s degree from Troy State University.

She is proceeded in death by 3 of her siblings, and her husband. She is survived by 2 sisters, 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Davis Watkins Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547 beginning at 1:00pm.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Homes and Crematory. To view the service and post remembrances, condolences and photos to the tribute wall, please visit www.daviswatkins.com.

Posted online on November 23, 2022

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News

Service Information

Celebration of Life

Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
November 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM