In Memory of



Obituary for Roberta Crawford

Roberta was born on November 3, 1946 to the proud parents of Virginia Crawford Funches and Oscar Davis in Panther Burn, Mississippi. She moved to Chicago, Illinois with her family while still a young child.

Roberta gave her life to Christ at a young age. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, blues, and rap, reflecting on childhood and life memories. Roberta enjoyed playing cards with family, fishing, crocheting, and showing her artistically creative side completing puzzles and decorating. Roberta enjoyed baking for her family, sewing and assisting family with repairs on a regular.

Roberta met the love of her life and long time companion, Frank Eiland. To this union was born her only child, Jeremy Crawford.

Roberta received her formal education in the Chicago Public School system. She learned a variety of skills that she applied in adulthood. Roberta was employed at the McCormick Place and Ramada Inn as a housekeeper, a job she really enjoyed until retirement.

Roberta Crawford 74, the oldest of twelve children departed this life peacefully on Sunday March 21, 2021 at the University of Toledo Medical College of Ohio hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents Virginia and Oscar; brothers, Walter, Lewis, Tommy, James and Percy; and a sister, Mary Funches.

Roberta loved being a mother and grandmother. Roberta leaves to cherish her memory: her son, Jeremy Crawford (Sarah), of Toledo; siblings, Naomi, of Toledo, OH, Edward Sr. (Kim), of Chicago, Illinois, Jacqueline, of Toledo, OH, Nicole (Anthony Sr.), of Toledo, OH, Gloria (Steve), Houston, TX , Robert (Hope), of Toledo, OH, and Virginia (Johnny), of Houston; TX; grandchildren, Jeremy, of Toledo, OH, Jarren, of Iowa, Jerlisa (Chris), of Wisconsin, Jerica, of Iowa, Jaree (Skyler), of Iowa, Jerrett, of Wisconsin, Candis, of Chicago, Tony, Donniesha, and Lanaisha, of Ohio; 13 great grandchildren and a host of niece and nephews.

Poem by Jerica Crawford

In Our Grief

In our grief, let us remember
you're with the one who loves you most.
In our grief, let us not grow distant
with each other, but draw close.
In our grief, let us remember
the good times, not regrets.
In our grief, let us be inspired
to live life with more zest.
In our grief, let us not waiver
In our faith, but latch onto it.
In our grief, let us find strength
to rebuild the foundation you set
In our grief, let us remember
that love never fades.
In our grief, let us not be consumed,
but determined to honor you in all of our ways.