Marjorie Wells Crutchfield, 95, of Paso Robles, Calif., passed away peacefully on Oct. 7, 2018. She was at home with her son and daughter by her side. Marjorie was born on Jan. 21, 1923, in Gainesville, Fla., the daughter of Orian Pardue and Agnes Ida Lea Wells.
She met the love of her life while working at the University of Florida. Cecil Meredith Crutchfield and Marjorie were married in 1942 and had three children. As Cecil’s career advanced, the family moved from Florida to Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and finally California. In retirement, Marjorie and Cecil returned to Texas for a number of years before moving to Paso Robles in 2000.
Marjorie’s strong Christian faith was always a guiding light in her life, and it sustained her to the end. She was a loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always had a smile for everyone, a quick wit, and contributed generously to numerous charitable causes. In her younger years, she was an avid golfer, and always enjoyed watching golf on TV and rooting for her favorite golfers. She loved identifying the birds that visited her backyard feeders, shrubs, and fountain. She also enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle and jumble to help keep her mind sharp. Her greatest joy always was visits from her grand- and great-grandchildren.
Marjorie is survived by her sister, Cora Lea Wells of Paso Robles, Calif., brother O.P. Wells, Jr., of Fla., daughter Evelyn C. Bouton of Gilbert, Ariz., son Richard W. (Rhonda) Crutchfield of Paso Robles, Calif., grandchildren Marc (Megan) Bouton and Michele (Adam) Bowers of Chandler, Ariz., Aaron (Melissa) Crutchfield of Ridgecrest, Calif., great-grandchildren Brandon and Claire Bowers, Andrew, Nathaniel and Madeline Crutchfield, and Wyatt Bouton. She was preceded in death by husband Cecil M. Crutchfield, brothers Richard and Nimrod Wells, and son Cecil M. Crutchfield Jr.
The family gives a special thanks to her friend and longtime caregiver, Aurelia Hernandez. She was always there for Marjorie and cared for her to the end. We also give thanks to caregivers Vicki, Ophelia and Sophia for their care and support. In addition, we are grateful to the caring staff and nurses with Wilshire Hospice. With everyone’s help, we were able to honor Marjorie’s wish to stay in her home.
Marjorie’s remains were laid to rest Oct. 18, 2018, at the Paso Robles District Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in December when her extended family can join together to remember and celebrate her long life.