Marion Crossman

Marion C. Crossman

Friday, July 6th, 1917 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Marion Caroline Crossman, age 102, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. David Schell officiating. Memorial donations in Marion’s name may be made to Fairplain Presbyterian Church. Those wishing to sign Marion’s Memory Book online may do so at

Born Marion Jordan on July 6, 1917, on Lincoln Avenue in St. Joseph Township, her parents were Chester and Bertha (Kettlehut) Jordan. Her grandfather Orville Jordan and great-grandfather Frances Jordan were prominent civic business leaders in the area and founders of Union Banking Company, the predecessor to Peoples State Bank.

She married Dan Crossman of Spinks Corners, Bainbridge Township, in 1938 and raised three children who survive her, Sharon (James) Bolthouse of Lansing, Joan (Dave) Vanderbush of Ridgewood, NJ, and Thomas (Jenny) of New York City. She is also survived by a sister, Barbara (Richard) Schoonover of Hermosa Beach, CA, as well as five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, her sister Francis and her brother James.

While living in Spinks Corners, she was a member of Union Evangelical United Brethren Church (later Newhope United Methodist), where she enthusiastically chaired committees, went on mission trips to Appalachia and helped cook and serve Swiss steak or chicken suppers to raise funding for building the indoor restrooms. After moving to Fairplain in 1971, she was active at the Fairplain Presbyterian Church, where she celebrated her 100th birthday in 2017. She participated in Circle, helped pack food bags for the Food Pantry, and could be found at the jewelry table at the annual Rummage Sale.

Marion worked as a bookkeeper for Yerington and Harris in Benton Harbor for many years; even with a full-time job, she continued her hobbies. She enjoyed dressmaking and needlework, and her skills were greatly admired. She was a long time 4-H leader where she shared her talents and passed them on to many young girls. She made prom dresses, a daughter’s wedding dress, costumes and doll clothes for her grand and great-granddaughters, jewelry bags for countless friends and family, and other needlepoint work that adorns walls in homes of the Crossman clan. Especially treasured are the counted cross-stitch St. Joseph lighthouses. She enjoyed crafting with her grand and great-grandchildren and volunteering at the St. Joseph Library. All of her grandchildren, but especially a couple of grandsons, loved her homemade applesauce. With a spectacular memory, she shared countless family stories with the many relatives who loved her very much.

With joy for a long life that was well lived, and for her triumphs over adversities faced, her family entrusts her to the God she loved and served. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

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    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Memorial Donations in Marion's name may be made to Fairplain Presbyterian Church


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Kelly, Tim, and Taylor Hodges

Posted at 06:02pm
Aunt Marion was a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed. Praying for peace for Joan, Sharon, and Tom and your families. What a life she lived!

Kelly, Tim, and Taylor Hodges

Burwell & Christine Carmichael

Posted at 11:23am
Our sincere condolences to Tom and the Crossman family. We are sure you will keep many wonderful memories. Our thoughts are with you during this time.


Lee (Remus)Sadler

Posted at 08:37am
Your mother was such an amazing woman! She accomplished so much in her lifetime, but I will always remember her for the kindnesses she showed to this "Spinks Corners kid". There was never a time when I walked into your home that she didn't have a smile and a kind or encouraging word for me. Over the past years, I would periodically run into her at a local store, and she was still the same kind and upbeat lady. My condolences to all of you - the world is a better place because of her life.

Paula and Dick Crossman

Posted at 02:44pm
Deep condolences to the children of Aunt Marion (Joan, Sharon & Tom) and much appreciation for the long-distance care they provided her that allowed her to stay in her home as she wished. Aunt Marion was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed by us.

Tammy Venti

Posted at 11:54am
Marion attended Preakness Reformed Church in Wayne, NJ whenever she visited Joan and Dave in Ridgewood. It was always a pleasure to see her bright smiling face. Her memory was legendary and stayed with her until the end of her life. She was a blessing to all who knew her.

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