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Associate Bette Crumrine

Born:  April 3, 1928
Died:  April 20, 2016

Bette Lou Crumrine passed away peacefully on April 20, 2016 at the North Shore Health and Rehab Facility in Loveland, Colorado at age 88.

Betty Lou Smith was born on April 3, 1928 in Minneapolis, MN to Louise Berner and Ray Smith. Bette spent her younger years in South Dakota and Colorado, often living with her beloved Aunt Edith and Uncle Henry on the farm in western South Dakota. Bette graduated from Rapid City High School in 1946. Following graduation, Bette moved to the Denver area where she met and married Frank Zamora in 1947. Bette and Frank were parents to three children: Maurice, Lawrence, and Karen. Frank’s service in the military took the family to Utah, New Mexico, Germany and Iowa.

In 1973, Bette moved to Des Moines, Iowa where she took a position with Iowa Job Service. Bette was passionate about her work and enjoyed developing programs and attending training in her chosen field. She continued working for the State of Iowa Department of Human Services in various capacities until her retirement in 1994. After retirement, Bette stayed busy as a volunteer and served for several years on the State Council for Community Action Agencies.

Bette met and married Clifford Crumrine in 1975. Bette gained three sons through this union: David, Douglas and Darrell. Bette and Cliff shared a passion for music hosting and attending Bluegrass gatherings with friends and family. Cliff and Bette also developed a strong spiritual connection and became active members of the Catholic Church. Cliff and Bette spent their later years traveling and working at RV parks before settling in Arizona. Clifford passed away in 2001.

Bette believed in connecting with others and continued on her faith journey in recent years. She was an Associate of the School Sisters of Saint Francis, she was ordained to deliver communion, and on October 4, 2014 she went through the Rite of Commitment where she was Professed into the Secular Franciscan Order.

Bette loved her family; she was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cliff; a son, Morey D; and a sister, Dorothy. She is survived by a sister, Shirley Jones of MN; daughter-in-law, Nedra Zamora of Greely, CO; Lawrence Zamora of Loveland, CO; daughter-in-law, Pam Mason of Evans, CO; daughter Karen and Sharon Keith-Zamora of Pine, CO; son David and Diane Crumrine of Sioux Center, IA; son Doug and Sarah Crumrine of O’Neill, NE; and son Darrell and Denise Crumrine of Balaton, MN. Bette is also survived by her grandchildren: Tanya Jeske, Danielle Koontz, Telesfor Zamora, Tyson Zamora, Chase Zamora, Robert Keith-Zamora, Elizabeth Crumrine, Jenny Crumrine, Katherine Crumrine, Jacob Crumrine, Jessica Crumrine, Austin Crumrine, Mason Crumrine, Emily Crumrine, Ellie Crumrine and Calvin Crumrine. She has several great-grandchildren and extended family members that were all special to her.

A mass to remember Bette Lou Crumrine will be held at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Parish in Flagstaff, AZ on April 30, 2016, at 7:00 PM and a celebration of her life will be held on May 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Poudre Canyon Chapel, in Rustic, CO prior to her interment. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Secular Franciscan Order, 1600 E Route 66 Flagstaff, AZ 86001 or the Humane Society US, Memorial Donations, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037.


Sister Sophia Duris (Vincentella)

Born:  February 24, 1920
Died: June 7, 2016

 When listening to Sister Sophia relate her life’s story, you sense that maybe her first legal document was a passport! Her story begins with her parents coming to the United States – her father, Adam, from Yugoslavia and her mother, Pauline, from Slovakia.  They settled in Ford City, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Duris worked for the Pittsburgh Glass Company.  Sophia, born during the roaring 20s on February 24, 1920, was the second oldest in a family of nine – six girls and three boys. 

When she was a year old the family returned to Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia to visit relatives.  While there, another baby daughter was born.  After a year in Europe, the family moved back to Pennsylvania and settled in Ford View, close to Ford City.  Sophia was enrolled at Holy Trinity School in Ford City for all of first grade and part of second grade. 

In 1927 the Duris family, along with several other Slovak families, moved to Kokomo, Indiana, where Pittsburg Plate Glass had a branch and required their employees to move to that location. Sophia completed her second grade and all of the third and fourth grades at St. Joan of Arc School in Kokomo.  With the Depression some jobs were eliminated and the Duris family moved back to their former home in Ford City.  Sophia returned to Holy Trinity School to complete grades five through eight.

School days were exciting and happy for Sophia. The School Sisters of St. Francis staffed Holy Trinity School.  Sophia greatly admired her second grade teacher, Sister Mercedes. While in that grade, she was smitten with the measles, and during her quarantine at home, she wrote a letter to Sister Mercedes telling her she wanted to be a sister just like her.  And that she did; not waiting until the fall to enter, as was the custom, she came to St. Joseph Convent, Milwaukee two weeks after graduating from eighth grade with the Sisters coming in for retreat(Many years later Sister Mercedes related to Sophia that she still had her letter.)

Sophia made a quick, though tearful, adjustment to convent life. All the classes and activities of St. Joseph High School remedied her bouts of homesickness. Reception into the community was during June 1937, and she was given the name Sister Vincentella.  As was the custom, she completed her undergraduate work at Alverno College and did additional coursework at Mount Mary College, Northern Illinois University, Marquette University and Syracuse University either during the summer sessions or weekends during the academic year.          

Sister’s ministry was teaching, 62 years in all. Her first mission was her first love – Holy Trinity School in Mount Olive, Illinois, where she taught grades one through four for seven years. Then it was on to St. Charles School in Cassville, Wisconsin, for two years.  

Sometime and somehow during her years of study, Sophia also became involved in learning and teaching proper nutrition. Her fame as a nutritional advisor and management expert spread far and wide, and eventually came to the attention of the administration at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, in search of a Home Economics’ director to head the department.  In her capacity as the Home Economics Director she also taught nutrition and religion classes for 11 years.  She continued this ministry at Boylan High School, Rockford, Illinois, for nine more years.

Then it was back to elementary education, followed by a new career, Director of Religious Education, in several parishes in Kankakee, Illinois, for another 16 years. Sister Sophia prepared herself for this change by earning a master’s degree in Religious Studies, attending summer sessions for five years at the University of Detroit.  Her last mission was again in elementary education in McHenry, Illinois, for almost another 20 years.   What a great educator!

In November 2004 Sister Sophia headed for St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport to recuperate, but with the intention of returning to mission work.  She arrived at Campbellsport well equipped to continue a hobby which brought her so much enjoyment: stringing rosaries. In fact, for years Sister Sophia belonged to a Rosary Guild who made rosaries for missionaries, hospitalized people and even the Marines. Other hobbies included needlework and playing the piano. Life for her was never boring!

Along with several other sisters she moved from Campbellsport to Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee in 2013.  By this time her health had declined and her days were spent in prayer and presence with her new family of sisters at Sacred Heart.

Sister Sophia, your life has been an inspiration to all the thousands of people you have touched along life’s journey.  We are all so very grateful for your being the Franciscan Face of the Gospel!  Go now in peace, and receive the reward God Has prepared for you.   By:   Sister M. Louette