She was born Nov. 4, 1925, to the late Hugh and Ernestine Dadisman Crooks of Jefferson. She graduated first in the class of 1942 at Martin Institute. She attended North Georgia College and was a graduate of the University of Georgia with bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees in education.
Miss Crooks taught for two years at Jackson Trail School near Jefferson and began teaching at Rabun Gap Community School in 1948, where she taught fifth through seventh grades over the course of five decades. Hundreds of area residents remember her as a highly respected teacher who had a positive and lasting influence on her students and their families. She was recently recognized for 50 years of dedication and loyalty to Delta Kappa Gamma, the international society for key women educators. She served as state president and remained involved in the organization during her teaching years and beyond.
She also served her community in a number of ways, including as a member of the Rabun County Library Board of Trustees, a longtime member and supporter of the Georgia and Rabun County Retired Educators Association, and an active member of Dillard United Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for years and was involved in many areas of responsibility and service. She was an avid reader and a lifelong learner and was a sports fan with particular interest in the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Preceding her in death were: her sister, Martha Crooks Jones; a brother-in-law, John Warner Jones; and longtime friend, Louise McKinney.
Survivors include: her nieces and their husbands, Mary Pat and Robert Beckum of Columbus and Linda and Stan Couey of Dublin; her beloved great-nephews and nieces, Jay and Abby Simonds Couey, Will Couey, Jonathan Beckum and Bess Couey; and her first cousins, Dean Dadisman, Carrol Dadisman, Sue D. Marabito, Ernest Dadisman, Anne D. Collier, Jane D. Lynn, Tommy Dadisman and Carolyn D. Brooks. She also leaves behind a host of devoted friends who were like family to her.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dillard United Methodist Church or to the charity of one's choice.
Visitation was Monday, February 25 at Beck Funeral Home in Clayton.
A celebration of life service was held Tuesday at Dillard United Methodist Church with the Revs. Robert Beckum, Doug Aultman and Sammy Clark officiating. Assisting with music was Malivia Swanson, Betty Claire Clark and the Rev. Doug Volk.
Pallbearers were Bob Barber, Jimmy Deal, Malcolm Dillard, David Grist, Sid Neville, Bill Pierce, Claude Rickman, Wayne Swanson, Warren Thurman and Mike Wilson. A private family burial was held at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.