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Mildred (Em) Crosby Turns 101

posted on February 10, 2015, under Member by

by Carol Crosby

Three of Em’s family joined with her at the It Is Written Partnership Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Left, granddaughter Laura Peterson Hasty; Mildred (Em) Crosby; daughter Carol Crosby; and great-granddaughter Annalyse Hasty. (Photo: Martin Butler)

Three of Em’s family joined with her at the It Is Written Partnership Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Left, granddaughter Laura Peterson Hasty; Mildred (Em) Crosby; daughter Carol Crosby; and great-granddaughter Annalyse Hasty. (Photo: Martin Butler)

Mildred (Em) Crosby was born November 28, 1913, and celebrated her 101st birthday on November 28, 2014. The seventh of eight siblings, she has outlived each of them.

Em has been a faithful Adventist since the early 1940s when she and her husband, Guy (Ted) Crosby, were baptized in Flint, Mich. She served as Kindergarten department leader at Flint Church and Michigan Camp Meeting. She has held positions in her church as deaconess, Sabbath School secretary, fellowship lunch coordinator, health class teacher, baptismal robes maker.

Em’s many talents include sewing, hat making, crocheting, cooking, and baking, which she continues to do. She still works in her yard and is a master of the Weed Eater®!

When asked about her secret to life?” her answer is, “Keep working! If there is something that needs to be done, do it! Don’t wait for someone else!”

Em has lived in Bradenton, Fla., for 46 years after leaving the cold Michigan winters and their Crosby Realty business where “Christian Service Is Our Motto” was known and respected in the community. In Bradenton, she and Ted owned and operated a candy store, known as The Korn Krib, for several years.

After Ted passed away in 1984, Em continued working until the age of 95, five days a week, eight hours a day, first in a sandwich shop and then in two grocery stores. Em is an inspiration to her family and is adored by her daughter, Carol, who lives with her; seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Three of her children, Betty Ashlock, Bonnie, and Johnny, and her husband of 53 years are awaiting the resurrection morning.


1 Comment for this entry

  • George Whitsett

    I had the honor of being Em Crosby’s pastor in Bradenton, Florida from 1994 – 2001. She has always been an inspiration to my wife Susan and myself. Em is a great Christian lady!

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