Marjorie Alene Childress Delatour Crawford, 61

FORT WORTH, Texas – Marjorie Alene Childress Delatour Crawford, 61, died peacefully on Friday, September 18, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas, her hometown.

Marji was a student in 1977 at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. He was Phi Beta Kappa, a cum laude, a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in International Study and Economics. He was a member of the magical Delta Zeta. His life experience was studying at the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg and he connected with his mother who lived with him for the rest of his life.

Marji received his law degree from Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, and was a member of the Texas and Georgia bar. His legal career included housing consulting at Texas Healthcare PLLC. Marji later pursued his interest, studying Engineering at Texas Christian University.

Marji believes in being peaceable and helpful. For years, Marji often traveled early in the morning on the Trinity River with its chocolate bar, Truffles, Cleo and the current lab, Sophie. He practiced yoga, read every day, and enjoyed the company of a modern-day Franciscan, Fr. Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. He enjoys bringing light and nature into his client’s home through Pottery Barn home interviews. As her family grew, she regularly volunteered to share in vacations so that young ones could spend more time with their families. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth and volunteered for their Community Crossroads opening. In previous years, he served on the board of Fort Worth Clean Cities.

Marji was an avid reader and a member of two book clubs, inviting many friends to join her over the years. She was about to finish her book on the subject of the late 17th-century Frenchwoman Madame De Sévigné, who also loved to travel. They often talk about their home in Communist Russia in 1980, and other trips to live in Luxembourg. In researching her book, Marji took her husband, John, with her to Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside Paris and Chateau Grignan outside Avignon. In recent years, he and John have traveled to China, Russia, Croatia, Iceland and the Galapagos Islands, elsewhere.

Marji was the eldest daughter of Richard H. and Mary Lou Childress and left her mother. They also leave: their dedicated husband, John L. Crawford, MD; his beloved son, William Charles Delatour; sister, Lindsay Childress-Beatty and husband, Paul Beatty; brother, Richard K. Childress and his wife, Raimonda; John Andrew Crawford and his wife, Brandi; and William Crawford, MD and his wife, Caroline; stepdaughter, Abigail McIntosh and their husbands, Devin; and grandchildren, Lyla Anne and Evelyn McIntosh; and Liam and Eloise Crawford.

Marji is also survived by: his uncle, Robert L. Gerhart; and his relatives, James Griffiths and his wife Patricia; Robert Gerhart and his wife, Sarah; and Stewart Gerhart and his wife, Caroline, and their children. He leaves many grandchildren, including Connor and Matthew Childress; Preston and Campbell Beatty; and Doroteja and Teodoras Bubulis. The mother of the two boys, was a special aunt to her grandchildren, Isabella Childress and Mary Grace Delatour Mewett.

Marji died by: his father, Richard H. Childress; and an older son, Walker Childress Delatour.

He leaves bereaved friends across the country living in seven countries, including five before the age of 18.

The family would like to thank all their loyal friends who helped her husband, John, take care of him during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her name be donated to the Presbyterian Night Shelter and / or Community Crossroads of Fort Worth.

When her family and friends sit together in person, a special celebration of her life will be held at Fort Worth, with the hope of Spring 2021.

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