A cherished mother, grandmother and friend to many, Anna Mae Crots went home to be with her precious Lord on January 30, 2014. She was 89.
Anna Mae was born December 24, 1924 in Blissfield, Michigan to Fred and Hazel (Caswell) Brieschke. She graduated from Blissfield High School and attended Huntington College. She married Edwin Crots on April 6, 1946. They were together 53 years and supported each other as life-long partners, raising five children, before his death in 1999.
Anna Mae loved God with every ounce of her being and lived each day striving to serve him and love her family and friends. She had a sweet spirit and took pride in the accomplishments of each of her four daughters, one son and many grandchildren. Visits to her home always included a few cookies or a bowl full of homemade popcorn, enjoyed while looking through the many photo albums she kept updated with the latest happenings of her family. Games of Scrabble were competitive and full of fun. Always, her Bible was close by. It’s worn pages, full of hand-written thoughts, were an insight into the heart of a woman always quick with encouragement or just the right words of comfort. Anna Mae was unendingly selfless, never complaining and always putting the needs of others first, far before her own. She was a life-long member of Element Church, formerly First United Brethren Church of Blissfield. There, she was involved in the choir for many years, in the children’s ministry, missionary groups, Bible studies and visitation teams. She helped with deliveries for Meals on Wheels. Anna Mae loved music and was happiest singing and playing her guitar to bless those around her. She was a member of the Silvertones, a senior band whose members volunteered their time to play at events, nursing homes and churches. Anna Mae spread her joy even in her final days of sickness. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by five children, Linda (Bob) Osborn, Loraine (Gerry) Tilker, Coleen (Thom) Gentz, Connie (Tom) Fenton and Lee (Julie) Crots; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one brother, Elden Brieschke. Services for Anna Mae were held on Monday, February 3, at Elem3nt Church in Blissfield. Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her memory may be given to Hospice of Lenawee, Blissfield Elem3nt Church, or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Condolences are welcomed at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com.