Elizabeth J. Crawford, 85, West Branch
Obituaries · January 25, 2013

Elizabeth J. Crawford, age 85, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center in West Branch after a long illness.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Henderson Barker Funeral Home in West Branch, with cremation following. Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Elizabeth “Betty Jo” Josephine Petersen was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Anthon, Iowa, to Walter and Mary Petersen. She graduated from Moville High School and worked for Western Union for a short time after high school.

Betty married Albert H. Petersen on July 2, 1948, and soon became a fulltime mother and housewife. After Albert’s death, she married Howard E. Crawford on Aug 17, 1968.

Betty lived most of her adult life in Sioux City, moving to West Branch, Iowa, in 2006 after Howard’s death. She has spread much joy with her special crocheted gifts that she enjoyed making for her family and friends, as well as a special doctor, who provided her with excellent care through some of the hardest times of her life. She was very giving, often thinking of others as she donated crafts and supplies to Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center, and her beautiful, long, red hair to Locks of Love on two different occasions.

Survivors include her eight children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: son Darwin L. Petersen, of Sacramento, Calif., grandson Billy Petersen, granddaughter Kim (Robert) Burdekin and great-granddaughters Makalya and Makenzee Burdekin, all of California, son Jerry (Mildred) Petersen, Honduras, grandson Jesse (Kristin) Petersen of Tampa, Fla., daughter Terry (Howard) Moss of West Branch, Iowa, grandson Timothy (Casandra)Moss of West Branch, Iowa, great-grandsons Alex and Albert Moss of West Branch, Iowa, daughter Sandra Downs of Sioux City, Iowa, granddaughter Tahirah Crawford of Sioux Falls S.D., grandson, Cicero (Rosa) Downs of Sioux City Iowa, great-granddaughter Vessie Downs and great grandson Henry Downs of Sioux City, Iowa, daughter, Mary Crawford of Ramona, Calif., grandson, KC (Van)Crawford of Clairmont, Calif., great-grandson Cameron Crawford of Clairmont, Calif., grandson TJ Crawford of Honolulu, Hawaii, grandson JD Crawford of Ramona, Calif., son David Crawford of Sioux City, Iowa, daughter Jo Petersen (Robert Wilson) of Julian, Calif., granddaughter Tawnya Braaten of Ramona, Calif., great-grandson Ryan Williams, great-granddaughters Kendra and Jordan Williams, all of Ramona, Calif., grandson Matthew Braaten and great-grandson Dannon Braaten, both of Ramona, Calif., daughter Julie (Shelly Bacon) Rodgers of Sioux City, Iowa, grandson Dana Crawford of Sioux City, Iowa; and many cousins and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by two husbands, Albert Petersen and Howard Crawford; her parents, Walter and Mary Petersen; her brothers, William, Robert, Darold, Donald and Richard Petersen; her sisters, Mildred and Dorothy Petersen; a baby sibling; granddaughter Rachel Petersen (Jerry and Mildred); and her son-in-law, Henry Downs.

Betty will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her family will be forever indebted to the compassionate staff at Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center for all their loving, tender care during the last years of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crestview Nursing and Rehab Center, 451 W. Orange St., West Branch, IA, 52358.

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