Jeanne E. Crouthamel
Jeanne Elizabeth Habegger Boehr Crouthamel, 91, of Glendora, California passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2012. She was born October 19, 1920 in Berne to Alfred and Barbara Hirschy Habegger. She was raised on the Cheyenne reservation in Busby, Montana where her parents were missionaries. She was baptized on confession of faith in Jesus Christ on May 12, 1936 by her father, and sang “Living for Jesus” with her group of baptismal candidates.
She was joined in marriage on August 29, 1943, in Newton, Kansas to Reverend John William Boehr. The ceremony was held after her graduation from Bethel Deaconess Hospital. She earned her B.A. degree from Bluffton College. They were accepted to go as missionaries to China, but the door to China closed. Instead, in 1946, God led them to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska (now Grace University) where he taught until his death in 1977. During those years, he took leave for the couple to serve as interim missionaries in Busby, Montana for a year and to attend school in Chicago for two years to obtain a music degree. She worked as an R.N. most of her married life. He was taken to heaven in a car collision on August 5, 1977. The accident also took the life of her mother.
The following verses meant much to her: Romans 8:35; 37-39: “What can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
She continued to show her interest in missions through prayer, support and service. She served in Taiwan for two years, as well as in Ecuador and Mexico. After living as a widow for 15 years in Omaha, Nebraska and Newton, Kansas, she was joined in marriage on November 29, 1992 to Carl Eugene Crouthamel and moved to Green Valley, Arizona. In 1998, they moved to Reedley, California at Sierra View Homes. In May 2011, they moved to Glendora, California to live with their daughter, Rachel.
She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Elaine (Dr. Ron) Beals; Rachel (Dr. Paul) Gray; and Christine (Joseph) Harms; three sons, Philip (Ann) Boehr; David Boehr; and Gareth (Lydia) Boehr; daughter-in-law, Sandi Boehr; two sisters, Helen (Herb) Fretz; and Esther (Paul) Sauder; brother, David Habegger; two sister-in-laws, Marianna Habegger; and Anna Louise (Johnathan) Amstutz; brother-in-law, Ernest Boehr; three stepsons; 24 grand children; 34 great-grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Cedric Boehr; and brother, Marden Habegger.
She lived in the hope that her entire family would be joining her in glory!! Her immediate family will be gathering at various locations to celebrate her life and to share memories of her eternal impact on their lives.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Boehr and Jeanne Boehr Crouthamel Music Scholarship, Grace University, 1311 South Ninth St., Omaha, NE 68108.