Rita E. Crawford, 85, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born October 11, 1931 in Cambridge, Ohio, a daughter of the late James and Ann Strahl Shaw.
Prior to her retirement, Rita was an admissions counselor for the University of Pittsburgh with 25 years of service. She enjoyed playing bingo, games and cards, bowling, had a love for animals, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Crawford; and brother, James Shaw. She is survived by her three sons, Shawn and his wife, Cindy, J. Reed and his wife, Bridget and Andrew "Drew"; two daughters, Leslie Smith and her husband, Thomas, Tracy Davis (Tim Warne); nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Friday from 2-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday in the funeral home at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
Originally published July 19, 2017.