Thoralee Crawford Squair
Resident of Hercules, California
(28 September 1946 to 16 April 2021)
Born September 28, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to James N. Crawford, Jr., and Leila Bezzant Crawford, Thoralee was the first of two daughters.
Thoralee grew up in a small town called Groveland, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She loved the outdoors and had plenty of places to enjoy and explore near their home. She attended a 2-room school house for her elementary years, before entering Sonora High School. For kids from Groveland, it was an hour long bus ride to and from home.
She loved to socialize, and joined many school clubs such as Ski Club, Pep Club and Future Homemakers of America. Thoralee also enjoyed being a Letter Girl. With five other girls, they wore sweaters with one letter each that spelled out SONORA. She wore the letter “R”. Letter Girls showed school spirit at athletic events and marched in parades to represent Sonora High.
Thoralee also loved horses and rode in parades in the “Best Dressed Cowgirl” category. She even won trophies and ribbons at the various rodeos for her Cowgirl attire.
After high school graduation, Thoralee attended San Francisco State. She soon found that school was not her destiny, and she started working for AT&T in 1966 at age 20. She stayed with the company through many mergers and name changes. After her marriage ended, Thoralee sold her home in San Francisco and moved across the bay to Hercules, where she lived for the next 40 years.
Through a lot of hard work and planning, Thoralee was able to retire at the age of 50, after 30 years with PacBell/AT&T.
Thoralee enjoyed retirement to the fullest. She was an avid Oakland A’s and San Fransisco 49ers fan and had season tickets to both teams. She also enjoyed professional tennis and often attended matches held in the Bay Area.
Thoralee loved crafts, and excelled at doing them. Some of her favorites were crocheting, knitting, making material rugs, sewing, and creating handmade cards. With her many talents, she designed and made a variety of Christmas ornaments. Anyone who knows Debbi, knowns Thoralee was always helping her and their mother with various church craft projects. She also loved Genealogy work.
Thoralee was active in her community, and for many years served on the board of her homeowners association. She was smart and capable, she worked well with others. and was devoted to her family and friends. She could also talk (and did) to everyone. She could always find a subject of interest to friend or stranger.
Thoralee loved to travel and was able to visit England, Egypt, Isle of Mykonos, Greece, Hawaii, Jerusalem, Paris, Russia, and Yugoslavia. Not to miss the lands of fantasy, she also enjoyed Disneyland, Disney World and all the parks around them.
As her health declined, Thoralee had to slow down and give up some of the things she loved. However, what she did not give up was crafting! She and Debbi and other friends were busy making cookbooks just a couple of weeks ago, and had planned out their 4th of July cards.
Thoralee passed peacefully in her home on Friday, 16th of April 2021.
She will be missed and always remembered by those who knew her. She was a devoted daughter and great sister. She was always there to help her family and friends.
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