Gussie M. Crafton

Gussie Maye Crafton, daughter of John and Sarah Rorex, was born August 6, 1922, in Egypt, Arkansas.  She graduated from Egypt High School in 1938 and later received a BA degree from Upper Iowa University.

On January 19, 1943 Gussie was united in marriage to Victor C. Crafton.  After living in Jonesboro, Arkansas they moved to Fayette, Iowa in 1952.  Gussie worked at and then managed the Upper Iowa Bookstore from 1961 until her retirement in 1984.

Gussie resided in Maple Crest Manor from  March of 2010 until she moved to West Palm Beach, FL in October of 2012 after Vic’s death (May 5, 2012).  Gussie resided at Personal Touch, Inc. Adult Family Care where she died on December 18, 2013 at the age of 91.

During WW II when Vic served in the army, Gussie traveled to California where she was a “Rosie the Riveter” at an airplane factory.  She was an “all-star” basketball player in both California and Arkansas.

In Fayette, Gussie was an active member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.   She was a member of PEO and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Gussie served on the board of the Big Rock Country Club for many years and was an avid, accomplished golfer.  She loved Bridge and other card games and was a huge fan of all Upper Iowa sports especially basketball. For several years she volunteered at Maple Crest Manor.

She was a wonderful mother and grandmother……… and feisty!!

Gussie is survived by two daughters, Sue Regan of Jupiter, Florida and Vicki (Greg) Andersen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two granddaughters, Laura (Steve) Donlin and Erin (Brent) Butler, and six great grandchildren, Joey, Ava, Ryan, Lucy, Brady and Heidi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, John, Tom and Earl  Rorex, one sister, Frances Burris and one son-in-law Richie Regan.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Fayette with Rev. Julie Ahrens officiating. Lunch will follow at the church and committal service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette.


Max on April 30, 2014 at 6:57 AM said:

Sue: My deepest sympathy for losing Gussie. She was a lady I looked to as a second parent. My prayers go with you and Vickie.
Lynn King on December 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM said:

Sue Regan,

So sorry for your loss. Your Mom had a very active life and you will treasure those memories.
Mary Ann Keller on December 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM said:

My sympathy to you on the loss of your Mom .She was a joy to be with.
Mary Ann Keller on December 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM said:

My sympathy to you on the loss of your Mom .She was a joy to be with.
Lauren & Jeff Jackson on December 22, 2013 at 4:54 PM said:

Dear Sue,

Our thoughts are with you during this sad time. Your Mom clearly lives in you as you carry on her full and athletic lifestyle. May those wonderful memories of her always be with you.
Dave and Lisa Olson on December 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM said:

Sounds like she was fun and interesting lady. I can imagine how hard it was to lose her. Our loving thoughts and sympathy are with your family.
Cheryl zilka on December 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM said:

Wow. Your Mom sounds like a very classy lady, Vickie. Of course she would be, because look at you. Thoughts and prayers to you at the loss of your Mom. Love, john and cheryl zilka
Anonymous on December 21, 2013 at 8:38 AM said:

Wow, she was amazing! I see where Sue gets her love of golf, books, the arts, etc. etc. She had a great life and I'm sure Heaven is celebrating that she is there. Quite an addition. love Judie and TJ
Pam Zilka on December 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM said:

?? I didn't know her but she sounds like my kind of lady. Love to you all.B
Sylvia Hall on December 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM said:

May many happy memories lighten your grief. The Fayette gang was holding a seat at the card table for Gussie until she could make it. What a wonderful, heavenly reunion. God bless Gussie and Vic, and you.
Jen Cole on December 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM said:

Sue, I was fortunate to meet your Mom and will always remember her feisty spirit and warm personality. It doesn't surprise me one bit to learn of her athletic prowess as it has been carried on by you. May she rest in peace.
Marian(Dennis)Harford on December 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM said:

Mrs. Crafton, was my neighbor up the hill when I was growing up....She Had an amazingly loving, kind and caring spirit and I never saw her without her beautiful smile...Every visit into her home, was one of complete joy, and I felt like part of the family always...She was Beautiful inside and out...her heart was so full of love...Just like her husband Mr. Crafton,and her girls....Love Marian(Dennis) Harford....
Pam Cerruti on December 20, 2013 at 5:08 AM said:

I thought Gussie was one of a kind. She always had a smile and a sparkle in her eyes.... I only met her a few times, but she made you so comfortable, you thought you knew her forever... Reading her accomplishments shows her to be a woman ahead of her time... They don't make them like that anymore...
Gloria Shea on December 20, 2013 at 4:38 AM said:

I had no idea you Mom was such a fop good athlete. She had a wonderful life, someone to be so proud of!
Sally Oday on December 20, 2013 at 3:39 AM said:

Sue. What a wonderful life So nice to read about your mother wish I had known her love Sallyiucrmrm

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