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Barbara Jean Crout

Obituary for Barbara Jean Crout

Elkins Lake resident, active Methodist

Services for Barbara Jean Montague Crout will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Huntsville. A grave side service will be conducted Friday, Dec. 28 at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg, MS.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p. . Wednesday Dec. 26 at the church.

She was born on July 11, 1930, to James Robert and Ruby (Williams) Montague in Hattiesburg, MS. She grew up in the country nearby, a true southern girl. The grand-daughter of a Methodist minister, she always had a strong faith and was active in UMW and sang in the choir. Her father died when she was six years old, then her mother went to college to become a school teacher to raise Barbara and her younger brother Robert (Sonny). The closeness of their small little family, supported by relatives on both sides, instilled a strong sense of family in Barbara that was her passion.

Barbara met Robert Crout through family connections – her aunt married his uncle. They married in March, 1949 when Robert returned from serving the Navy. They headed off to Tulsa, Oklahoma so he could get an education in geophysics. The first trip away from home set them on an adventure living in many different places, from Anaheim, Roswell, Chickasha, Ponca City, and Houston, ready to move on a moment’s notice. She was a great story teller, relaying many humorous tales of her and Bob’s escapades with fellow “doodle buggers.” Because of their relocations, all four children were born in different states.

Barbara loved being a homemaker and entertaining, but agreed to begin working to ensure their children received a college education. She was a land analyst for Conoco in Ponca City and an executive secretary for Conoco in Houston. She served as president of the Houston chapter of Desk and Derrick, an organization of oil company support staff whose motto is “greater knowledge, greater service.”

In 1988, Barbara and Bob retired and built their lovely lake home in Elkins Lake in Huntsville. She continued activities at the church, was a member of the Elkins Lake Women’s Golf Association, active in Reach to Recovery, and played bridge. She and Bob travelled extensively, from golfing vacations to cruises and tours in Spain.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Robert Crout, son Michael Crout and wife Annette, daughter Mary Schooley and husband Doug, daughter Laura Grimes and husband Glenn; ten grandchildren and eight great-children. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and brother, and daughter Jacqueline Crout Reynolds.

Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com


About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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