Marie DeMoss Aldrich passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014 at the
Manor House. She was born July 29, 1918 in Wyoming, IA to Viola
Ireland DeMoss and William E. DeMoss. She was the youngest of 3
sisters and a younger brother. Crystal graduated from Wyoming High
School in 1936. She worked at the Reliance shirt factory in
Anamosa, IA after graduating. Seeing her skate at the local roller
rink, Clarence W. Aldrich was immediately smitten and they were
married March 22, 1941. When Clarence enlisted in the Army, Crystal
returned to work at Reliance, living with her sister and
brother-in-law, Chauncy and Hulda Robinson until Clarence returned
wounded from the war in Dec. 1944. Crystal joined him in
Springfield, MO until his recovery in March 1946.
Carol was born in September, 1946 in Anamosa, IA. Crystal and
Clarence moved to Marion, IA. where Keith was born in March 1950.
Clarence and Crystal were avid ballroom dancers at the Amore
Ballroom in Cedar Rapids. When Clarence was offered a chance to
build up a milk route in Sigourney, IA they moved there in the
summer of 1950 where Crystal served as the bookkeeper for Aldrich
Dairy until they retired.
Crystal was active in the Sigourney United Presbyterian Church,
teaching Sunday school when Carol and Keith were young, serving as
president and secretary of the United Presbyterian Women and serving
on the Session as clerk.
She made friends in Sigourney that have lasted a lifetime. They
loved to play pinochle and traveled to Brandon, Mo to listen to the
great music. Crystal followed the Howard Linder band to many venues
when Clarence was rattling the bones. Watching him perform gave her
great joy. Crystal found pleasure in baking for her family and
friends. Her pies, cakes and cookies will be missed!
Crystal cared for Clarence after he contracted Alzheimer’s disease
as long as she could with the help of her good neighbors. She was
on the Hospital Auxiliary Board for many years, doing what she was
able, she said, and enjoyed working on every event.
Crystal was a proud member of the Chapter L P.E.O. for
Crystal was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in October
2003. Also preceding her were her parents, Viola and William,
sisters, Helen Weets, Hulda Robinson, and Pauline Eastman and
brother, Clifford DeMoss.
Crystal is survived by daughter Carol McCormick and husband, Jack,
in Concrete, WA, son Keith Aldrich and wife, Stacey, in Saugatuck,
MI. Grandchildren Kelly (Dave )Plowman, Cortney ( Glen ) Rutkauskas
and Erin McCormick. Great-grandchildren Levi and Silas Moreno and
Blake Plowman. Crystal is also survived by many favorite nephews
and nieces dear to her heart and sister-in-law, Dorothy.
10:30 a.m. Monday December 29.2014 at the Sigourney Presbyterian
Visistation- 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday Dec. 28, 2014 at the Holm
Burial- Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Sigourney.
Memorials can be
Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa
1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 or Hospice Compassus,
5355 Easter Ave., Davenport, IA 52807 or to a charity of your