Kodiak resident Fay Crawford died peacefully Monday evening, July 19, 2021, with her daughter at her side. She was 91 and proud of it. Fay came to the island 34 years ago to live closer to family and worked for a while in home health; her first client was Edna Kraft. An artist in many ways, Fay loved to paint, sew and tend flowers. For the last three years, the Chiniak Bay Elder House was her home, where she enjoyed every Bingo game, avoided exercise classes (no matter how hard Barb tried to pull her in) and somehow charmed the kitchen staff into making cornbread for nearly every dinner. A true southern belle, there was usually a smile on her face, an invitation to sit and visit a while and a glass of sweet iced tea by her side.
Fay was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Crawford IV and her grandson Bryan Levy. She leaves daughter Bonnie Dillard, (and beloved son-in-law, Jim), grandsons Ivan (Amy) and Jason Winkler, and grandchildren Mya, Hunter and Coen Winkler. She is missed … her smile, her love, her wacky sense of humor, yes, she is missed.
Her family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Chiniak Bay Elder House for the dedicated, loving care Fay received for those last years. During her final hours, the gentleman who cleaned her room paid his respects, (he was known to sing to her as he cleaned each morning) as well as many of her CNAs (including one who came on his day off to say good-bye), her nurses and administrators, all came and said good bye to not only their patient, but their friend.