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Maureen Joan Crosby

Maureen Joan Crosby

The Gates of Heaven swung open today to accept its newest angel, Maureen J. Crosby.  Maureen passed away peacefully at home in the loving care of her family. She was born May 16th 1937 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England to the late George and Florence “Molly” (Brooks) Duff-Godfrey. She attended Priory Heath School in Ipswich. She met the love of her life and married USAF serviceman James R. Crosby April 29, 1957 in Ipswich.  In 1959 she moved to the Albion area with her husband and daughter. Life was always an adventure and she embraced her new country becoming a US citizen and serving on several civic committees. She was known for her outgoing, friendly nature and her optimism. She enjoyed reading, gardening, crafts, her family and her dog, Sunny. Maureen was very much involved in the community and served on many committees including an election judge for Elk Creek Township, Co-chairperson of the Produce Department for the Albion Area Fair, and served on the Elk Creek Planning Committee. She was a member of the VFW Post 740, Northwest Sportsman's Club and the Elk Creek Grange.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James R. Crosby on March 12, 1982, an infant daughter, Roberta May Crosby and her brother, Keith Duff-Godfrey. She is survived by her children; Julie (Jim) Papson, Dawn (Dan) Stearns, Linda Crosby and Robert (Stephanie) Crosby. She is further survived by her grandchildren; Jonathan (Kristen) Papson, Molly Papson, Morgan (Josh) Blood, Aimee Stearns, Logan Stearns, Sarah Dollinger-Crosby, James Crosby and great-grandchildren Animor and Evelyn Papson. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Kathy Steiner. She will also be greatly missed by her longtime friend David Nagel.  Calling hours will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until the time of a funeral service there at 8 p.m. with Rev. Kristen Papson officiating.  Private burial will be in Albion Cemetery.  Memorials made be made in honor of Maureen to the Albion Area Fair, 10265 Crane Street, Cranesville, PA  16410.  To send flowers, light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 


Left by  “John Andrews and Family” on 11/28/2017
So many wonderful memories of a great women! Her smile is forever in our hearts. Our condolences to the Papsons, Sterns, Linda and Crosbys.
Left by  “Jeanne Moss” on 11/28/2017
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your lost
Left by  “Charles A. Bennett” on 11/27/2017
To the Crosby Family,
My sincere condolences on your loss.
Left by  “Mary Mac” on 11/27/2017
Julie, the loss of a mother is hard. Prayers and remember Grief is a process.
Left by  “Stephen Andrews” on 11/27/2017
My Aunt Maureen: what a great lady! Big heart, big smile, always made me feel welcome. I will miss her but will always carry many, many warm memories in my heart.
Left by  “Rose Johnston” on 11/26/2017
It has been a pleasure being friends with a very Grand Lady...the Albion Fair will never be the same to me. She lives on thru her family in so many ways.
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