Jean Katherine Spies Crone January 25, 1924 ~ March 15, 2013

Jean Katherine Spies Crone passed away Wednesday, March 15th 2003 after a graceful life at the age of 89.  She was born January 25, 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Edna and Chester Boeck Spies of Creston, Iowa, and Winslow, Arkansas.  Jean attended the University of Arkansas where she was a member of the  Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.  She met her future husband, Richard D. Crone, MD, when she transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Widowed at the age of 38, Jean enrolled in the University of Georgia where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a fine arts degree.  During that time, one of her student art pieces was exhibited at the Smithsonian.  She returned to her childhood home in Winslow in 1978 after her son had restored the original homestead, thereafter building a beautiful passive solar residence of her own design. Her active life was one of volunteerism and true giving, whether it was her family, her church, Our Lady of the Ozarks, or organizations including the Winslow Public Library, the Ozarks Crafts Guild, the Ozark Society, the Native Plant Society, Friends of Devils Den and Friends of Lake Wedington.  An accomplished conservator, she devoted skilled restorations and maintenance to the last two organizations, where her father had been employed by the CCC and WPA as a construction foreman during the Great Depression.  She is survived by her sister Mary Elizabeth Droste of San Antonio, Texas, and two nephews, Bruce Droste and Peter Droste; her three children, John V. Crone of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Anne Saxon Hersh of New York City and Fleischmanns, New York; and Katherine Jean Christie of San Francisco, California; three grandsons, Chris, Ben, and Jon Crone; and four great grandchildren, Izabel, Kolson, Beckham, and Lily Crone.

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    Patsy Price » 18. Mar, 2013

    Please accept my words of sorrow in your loss, I knew
    her through Winslow meals on wheels, Patsy Price

    Lib Horn » 18. Mar, 2013

    I am glad that I got to know Jean and spend time with her when I lived in Winslow. She was always so well-informed, so interesting and also interested in the things that I was concerned about. I always appreciated her love for our natural world and her efforts to save it. Hers was a life well spent. I know you all feel the loss of Jean but also are happy that she spent a long life with you.

    Allyn Lord » 19. Mar, 2013

    My memories of Jean are from the years she spent volunteering at the University of Arkansas Museum where I worked, primarily in the 1980s. Although I never worked directly with her, her spirit, warmth, and assistance were cherished and I have fond thoughts of her. John, my condolences to you and your family. It was great to visit with you at the Shiloh Museum recently.

    Jack Miller » 19. Mar, 2013

    Jean was a very faithful member of the Friends of Devil’s Den State Park. We will miss her.
    I am praying for comfort for the family. Jack Miller, President FDDSP

    Harry & Marilyn Harnish » 19. Mar, 2013

    I’ll always remember Jean as a regular at my bat programs at Devil’s Den. She often brought me bat articles that she cut out of various magazines. Please accept our condolences.

    Roger Haney » 20. Mar, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

    Roger Haney

    Eunice Noland » 21. Mar, 2013

    Dear Family: I send you my condolences at this time of Jean’s passing. When I first met Jean at Lake Wedington in the early 1990′s I began to recognize her many talents, her gentle manner and her fine work ethic and sense of humor. One could not have found a better work partner, one who loved the plants and birds more than she did, her patience and her love of the restoration of cabins and park grounds. I will always be grateful for Jean’s friendship I will think about her often and share your sadness and your gratitude. Eunice Noland

    Sara Cain-Bartlett » 26. Mar, 2013

    I have many wonderful memories of birding with Jean. In the 80s and early 90s I was active with Audubon and president one year. Jean and I made several trips to the Ouachita Forest with Doug James and Joe Neal, monitoring the nesting cavities of the red-cockaded woodpecker. Jean was quiet, patient, and an excellent birder. We also traveled together to Kearney, NE to the Audubon conference and to see the sandhill cranes, then through central Kansas and Oklahoma through the central flyway. That trip was stressful, traveling with a lady who was quiet histrionic and difficult, our hours in the vehicle were strained – it was Jean who kept everyone calm and helped a very difficult situation remain bearable through a long several days. I always admired Jean, and when I would see her in later years she quietly visited with me about birding and her beautiful community of Winslow, which she loved. She was a great lady, much admired by many of us in NW Arkansas. She was proud of her family, and all your accomplishments. My best wishes to you all. Sara Cain-Bartlett