News and Tribune

May 9, 2014

Bonnie Marie Crawford Croft Housel


— Bonnie Marie Crawford Croft Housel, Clarksville, died, departing this earth to join her Savior, April 28, 2014 in Clarksville.

On Nov. 8, 1946 she was born to Evelyn, nee Gilbert, and Clifford Crawford in Louisville. Educated at Heywood Elementary and duPont Manual Junior High, she graduated from Ahrens Trade High School in 1965 with a commercial art major. In 1966 she married Richard Croft. They had two sons, Timothy and Jason, and a daughter, Tracey.

  Survivors include Timothy and his friend, Terri Madry; Tracey and her husband, Russell, their children, Autumn Croft, Aaron and Aimee Brooksbank; Jason and his wife, Latasha, their children, Isaak, Emili and Owen Croft; sister, Madeleine Marcum and her husband, Bob; cousin, Gary Gilbert; nephew, Bret Marcum and his wife, Beth; grand niece, Stefanie Colvin her husband, Jarret; former husband, Richard Croft; and beloved feline, Rocky.

She was prededed in death by her parents, her second husband, Gary Housel, and a special friend, Frances Crim.

Bonnie never met a stranger, either human being or furry creature. Many animals – some chosen, some stray – found a loving home with her family. A highly talented artist, she also wrote poems and stories. Loving music, she sang in school and church choirs and played piano by ear. As a teenager, she sang solos and duets with her father in church. 

In 1981 Bonnie moved to Indiana and, over the years, lived in New Albany, Jeffersonville and Clarksville. At age 38, she decided she could best help the world as a teacher, attending Louisville’s Jefferson Community College and Indiana University Southeast, majoring in elementary education. Always happiest around children, she served as a teacher’s aide in the New Albany-Floyd County Schools. After spending most of her life in Baptist churches, she recently joined Northside Christian Church in New Albany.

Bonnie’s family is grateful for the loving care she enjoyed at Riverbend Assisted Living Community and Westminster Health Care.

To help educate future medical and dental professionals, Bonnie donated her body to University of Louisville School of Medicine. There will be no visitation, but a celebration of her life will be scheduled later.