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Anna Crosby

Born: Fri., Mar. 15, 1935
Died: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018


Visitation

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Amling/ Schroeder Funeral Service - Myrtle Point Chapel


Interment following funeral service

Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
Location: Dora Cemetery


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
Location: Amling/Schroeder Chapel Myrtle Point


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
Location: Dora Community Center


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Anna Mae (Swiggum) Crosby was born in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin on March 15, 1935 to Stanley and Thera Swiggum. She passed away on January 11, 2018 in Coquille with her two daughters, Teresa Soto and Robin Parrish, at her side.

Anna moved with her family to Portland when she was 7. She learned to play the violin at the age of 10 and was in the Junior Symphony and later the High School Orchestra. She received a scholarship to the Portland Art Museum Art School where she studied for a year.

In 1953 Anna was introduced to Marvin Crosby on a blind date. Marvin had gotten out of the Korean War and was living in Portland and working at a butcher shop. On May 1, 1954 Anna married Marvin at the Portsmouth Lutheran Church in Portland. They moved to a farm near Myrtle Point where Marvin was raised and they lived there the rest of their lives.

 Moving from the big city of Portland to a small rural town at the age of 19 was a big change for Anna. She went from the cultural environment of her violin music and art school to a dairy farm where she helped her husband milk the cows in a dress.

Children were to follow for Anna and Marvin with Steven Lee in 1955, Teresa Ann in 1956, Robin Rene in 1957 and April Kay in 1959. Due to a RH factor during pregnancy, April Kay died a day after birth. 

As the children were starting school Anna decided it was time to get her driver’s license at the age of 25 and assumed the Sitkum star route mail contract for the next 20 years, making the star route being carried by the Baker/Crosby family 45 years total before the contract retired in 1989.

Raising kids and working 6 days a week was a full schedule for Anna. Even though she never learned to swim she made time to sit on the sandy bank of the river on their farm in the summer sun while Steven, Teresa and Robin swam for hours. Anna would usually paint a canvas landscape of the river and trees while she waited.

In the 1960s a group of neighbors got together frequently at Charlie Thompson’s place in Dora to play their musical instruments. Anna played her violin and Marvin played his guitar. Good times, definitely good times. She joined the local women’s group, the Dora Friendly Club and was a member of the McKinley Grange.

Besides dairy cows, Anna and Marvin raised beef cows, sheep and eventually Christmas trees over the next 45 years. In the 1970s and 80s they  planted by hand one at a time over 15,000 douglas, grand and noble fir along with pine seedling trees on their hillside. It took 8 to 10 years for the small trees to grow big enough to harvest and sell. Anna and Marvin opened a tree lot in Coos Bay for over 8 years sleeping in their camp trailer for weeks selling the trees they raised on their farm. The trees that didn’t make harvest then are the merchantable timber you see on the Crosby hillside today.

The Crosby farm was famous for their Dalmatian dogs running around the farm and even hopping a ride in Marvin’s 1968 red ford pickup.

In the 1980s Anna became a 4-H art leader for a group of youngsters at Dora. She joined the Coquille Valley Art Center and was a member for over 50 years. During this time she was on the Board of Directors, serving as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer many, many times. In 1987 she gave her first pastel workshop at the Coquille Valley Art Center and soon after started teaching weekly classes. Anna has taught at the Coquille Valley Art Center for over 25 years. She taught several classes and workshops in Winston and Canyonville through the Umpqua Community College outreach program, along with teaching at SWOCC and several workshops in Florence. She served as the Superintendent of the Art Department at the Coos County Fair for over 10 years. Anna was the judge of the Curry County Fair Art Department in Gold Beach several times. In 1998 Anna was chosen to be the “Artist in the Garden” at Shore Acres Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. Subject matter of Anna’s paintings included flowers, landscapes, portraits, abstracts and semi abstracts. She worked mostly in oils, pastels, acrylics and occasionally in watercolor and pencil. Anna has won over 100 ribbons at the Coos County Fair and many ribbons at the Pony Village Art Show. She won 4th place in a National Pastel Society of Oregon show. For the past 3 summers she has had a painting hanging at the Bandon Boardwalk event. She has paintings hanging in the Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport. She’s had paintings hanging in various art shows at the South Coast Hospital in Bandon, Evergreen Court, a private show at the Coquille Community Building and various businesses in Coos County.

Anna was blessed with grandkids Brooke, Scott, Nicole, Olivia, Juanita, Tina, Jesse, Loretta, Reggie and Remington along with numerous great grandkids, step-grandkids and a step-great great grandkid. 

Throughout her life, Anna, was a strong woman who met conflict and struggles with determination and perseverance. Her many paintings and beautiful flower beds at her farm in Gravelford are a legacy of the beauty she saw around her and the beauty she created to leave us to enjoy forever. She will be greatly missed but her memories surround us everywhere and her strength has been passed on to the next generations.

Anna was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Marvin, in 1998, her son, Steven in 2011, her baby girl, April Kay in 1959, her parents, brother and sisters.

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Jenny and carrie
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
Grandma Anna you will be greatly missed you are a beautiful person! We only briefly met but you touched our hearts and you will never be forgotten.

Mapril Combs
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
During the 63 years that I have been fortunate to know your Mom, I never saw her lose her composure...even when raising three teenagers...even when your Dad was killed. We played violins together way back when, while your Grandma Nettie played piano. I have one of her paintings over our bed, and another one in the hallway. You guys have a huge legacy to carry on!
Love, Mapril

Xavier and Tammy Soto
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
We are truly sorry to hear of Anna's passing. She was a great and talented lady surrounded by such a large and loving family. We will miss her sense of humor and her smile. All our love to the family.

Pam Davis Wright
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
I knew Anna (Mrs. Crosby) as my best friend's mom. Their house was always a whirl of activity, a creative mix of kids and pets and art. Though there were times when I thought she must be tired (from delivering the mail) Anna was always unflappable and cheerful. And she turned out beautiful paintings. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Vicki Handsaker
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
Some of my favorite memories have involved Anna and her family. Their home and the surrounding fields and river were always full of fun and adventure; and Anna always had a gente, caring warmth about her. Her smile and twinkle in her eyes always, always made you feel loved. I so enjoyed being one of her campfire girls and I will always be grateful to her for the oh so many wonderful childhood memories she has given me. Will always have a place for you in my heart dear Anna.

Rich & Suzy Richmond
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
Anna was a lovely lady. She was a very positive person and encouraged the artists in her class when they would get discouraged. She had a very mellow way about her. Rich and I loved her and I took her classes for a few years and really loved it. It was a fun class. She did so much for this county. The classes, the County fair plus her work at home, she was one busy lady.
We feel honored to have know her.
God Bless you Anna and now there is another artist in heaven.

She was a great artist. She painted beautiful landscapes with flowers and trees. They were very detailed. Anna were are going to miss you. Love Suzy & Rich

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