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Carol Lee Crockett

June 15, 1929 June 28, 2015
Carol Lee Crockett
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Carol Lee Crockett, of Harbor, passed away June 28, 2015, following a stroke. She was surrounded by family at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. A service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 11, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 401 Fir St., Brookings, with Rev. Bernie Lindley, as officiant. Interment will be private for the family at the Pioneer Cemetery, in Pistol River. A short time before this illness, she commented on her unusual ancestry, being related to Mary Queen of Scots, Davy Crockett and Jesse James. Recent research has traced the Crockett heritage to France and the French name of De Crocketagne during the reign of Louis XIV. Crockett Coat-of-Arms signifies "Let Sleeping Dogs Lay" and "Croak Not, Want Not." Carol was born on June 15, 1929, in Smith River, Calif., to the late Donald and Judith Crockett, who resided most recently in the Myrtle Point area. The family moved to the Harbor area in the 1930s, including two brothers, the late Davy Crockett of Smith River, and Vernon Crockett of Coquille. When Carol was around 12, the family began farming a large acreage of the Harbor bench they referred to as the McVay Place in the vicinity of what is today McVay Rock Recreation Area. Carol purchased a section of the McVay Place in the late 1940s, and she took much pride in noting she resided there and owned the Harbor bench property possibly longer than any other Curry County resident. The deeds also had the original seals of the Spanish land grant. In the early years, the McVay property grew Easter lilies, and Carol and her daughter Susanne, returned to that endeavor in the 1980s, as partners, very successfully for the next 25 years. While farming and running a business, Carol pursued her lifelong practice of the piano and study of the most difficult of the classical piano music repertoire, performing as a soloist and in duo-piano concerts for many years. Her innate musical talent led to travel and to meeting international performers and teachers through master classes at the Aspen Music Festival and to private lessons and a lifelong friendship with the well-known touring duo-piano concert artists, Stecher and Horowitz, who today hold an International Piano Competition in New York City. One of the highlights of her travels to Europe was attending the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland to hear a Martha Argerich piano concert and meet the artist she admired very much. Carol will be remembered by her family as a very loving mother and grandmother, and her enjoyment of recounting many amusing tales about her beloved dogs, Sheila, Rascal and Chaucer and her Siamese cat, Beemer. Her home was her realm. She loved flowers and trees, and her own garden was a reflection of her study of books in garden design. Carol is survived by her brother Vernon Crockett of Coquille; daughters , Donna Freeman and Cindy Freeman of Harbor; grandsons, Aaron Freeman of Chicago, Ill., Ryan Freeman of Portland; and Alan Freeman of Augusta, Maine; sisters-in-law Joyce Crockett of Smith River; Marjorie Freeman-Grootendorst of Lake Oswego; Doris Freeman of Harbor; and Pauline Freeman of Eugene; son-in-law, David Scott of Silverton and Harbor. Also surviving are many cousins; nieces; and nephews. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

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