Captola Beauthon “Cap” Crabb, 86, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, surrounded by her children at the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Cremation is planned. Memorial services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Kan. A graveside inurnment service is set for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kan. Family plan to meet with friends 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Inurnment is at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kan.

Cap was born April 10, 1927, in Alicia, Ark., the second child and only daughter of Clyde and Jennie Lucilla (Milligan) Smith.

Captola graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1945.

After graduation, she relocated to Phoenix, Ariz., with her family. She briefly lived in Dayton, Ohio, after her marriage and then made her home in Williamsburg, Kan. 

Captola was united in marriage to Jeremiah Edward “Ed” Crabb V Dec. 30, 1948, in Phoenix, Ariz. He preceded her in death in 2007.

Survivors include a son, Jeremiah E. “Jerry” Crabb VI and his wife, Vicki, Peoria, Ill.; two daughters, Donna S. Nyght and her husband, Ron, Shawnee, and Marianne Vilander and her husband, Randy, Topeka; two brothers, Clyde Smith and Joe Smith, both of Arizona; seven grandchildren, Grace (Conor) Mulcahy, John Dunlap, Caitlin Crabb, Hayley Crabb, Hillary Crabb, Rachael Vilander and Brandon Vilander; step-grandchild, Rebecca (Jon) Gossman; two great-grandchildren, Sean Edward Mulcahy and Eleanor Grace Mulcahy; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brother, Bobbie L. Smith.

She owned and operated Crabb’s Grocery and Service Station with her husband from 1951 to 1980.

Captola was a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, UMW Circle, Williamsburg Lions Club, a former 4-H leader and she was very active in the Williamsburg community.

She was an accomplished seamstress and homemaker. She was very proud to be a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Williamsburg United Methodist Church or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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