Elaine Crowley Obituary

Elaine  Crowley
Benjie Crowley
Elaine Crowley

February 1, 1920 - July 15, 2010
Born in Mars Hill, ME
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Elaine "Benjie" Crowley, 90, entered her eternal life on July 15, 2010, at Bishop Drumm Care Center where she had lived for the last four years. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at St. Augustin's Catholic Church. Family will greet friends at a luncheon after the mass. Burial will be at 1pm at Glendale Cemetery.

Benjie was born in Mars Hill, ME and had lived in Des Moines since 1949. She had given of her time to many organizations. She served as president of Mercy Hospital Guild, Dowling Catholic High School Guild and the Bishop Drumm Guild. She was a board member of United Way and the American Red Cross. Benjie was the 1975 recipient of Annual Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. She was also a member of St. Augustin's Altar & Rosary Society and the Junior League.

She will be missed by her daughter, Cathy Saylor of Urbandale; son, John (Mary Pat) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Dan (Pearl) Saylor of Phoenix, AZ, Cathleen Saylor of Chicago and Kate Crowley of Des Moines; great grandchildren, Johnny, Desiree, Joshua and Jacob Carlos and Inez, Irene and William Saylor and her brother, George Benjamin of Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; sister, Marguerite Smith and brother, Ben Benjamin.

Visitation will be from 4-6 pm, Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel, after which a rosary prayer service will be held at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bishop Drumm or to St. Augustin's Parish.

A special thank you to Dr. Schupp and to the staff at Bishop Drumm for all of the kindness and love that they showed to Benjie.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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St. Augustin's Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
10:00 AM
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Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
1:00 PM


St. Augustin Parish
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312