Bayannah L. Crabtree

August 22, 1934, December 29, 2018

Bayannah Crabtree

Bayannah LaProse Crabtree was born August 22, 1934, in Columbus, Georgia. She shared the same name as her mother and quickly became known as daughter Ann. Both her father, Dolphin Timothy Crabtree, and mother, Bayannah LaProse Gray Crabtree, precede Ann in death. Ann had no siblings. At age 84, she passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018, in Port Arthur at Bonne Vie skilled nursing facility.

Ann grew up in Columbus, Georgia and Live Oak, Florida. In 1949 her family relocated to Nacogdoches, Texas. She graduated high school in Nacogdoches in 1952 and then attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she was an honor student and member of Alpha Chi. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stephen F. Austin in 1955.

After graduation Ann left Nacogdoches and worked for the First National Bank of Dallas and then came to Nederland to begin her long career as an educator. She taught for the Nederland Independent School District from 1958-1962, and for one year she was employed by the US Army Dependents' Education Group at Crailsheim, Germany. She resigned in 1964 citing professional commitment and returned to teaching in Nederland. She went on to serve the district for 50 years both as a classroom teacher and as a homebound instructor.  Ann loved the classroom and loved her students. She touched so many lives.

Ann blogged before blog was a word. She authored amazing journals which reflect her travel experiences and keen insight into people. Her father's letters to "my darling girls" written when he was stationed in Japan during WWII served as an inspiration for her own journals. The letters were romantic and insightful and contained a bit of intrigue. In one of her first journals at Crailsheim she wrote about camping her way across Europe for less than $500. She definitely inherited his sense of adventure and travel became her first passion.   When she was a young teacher, Ann would spend weekends at her beach house or pack her van and head off to campgrounds across the United States. Then Ann developed a more refined love of travel--cruise ships. Ann lived for cruising. Her bookcase is full of albums carefully documenting each excursion.

Her other passion was people. When she decided she liked you, she liked you. Ann was loyal and fiercely protective. Ann's buddies popped up at Spectrum and MCT and other places throughout the community; she probably never imagined she had so many buddies who will miss her. Ann loved her school family and her church family and community and made bonds of friendship that will never sever. The Gulley family and the Arena family adopted Ann so she always had a home that welcomed her at any time. She may have been born an only child, but she was forever part of a loud and rowdy bunch. Ann will be missed.

A special thanks to the caring staff at Bonne Vie skilled nursing facility, and thanks to Rudy and Gloria Adams and Patricia Gibson for their attention and care. Also, thanks to the many, many friends for cards and calls that brightened Ann's day and the many acts of kindness Ann acknowledged. Let's just hope she left her red pencil behind when she reads this! We love you, Ann.

At 10:00 on Saturday, January 12, 2019, an informal visitation for friends will be held in the Nederland First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, followed by a service in the Sanctuary at 11:00, under the direction of Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

First Baptist Church - Nederland
Nederland Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Memorial Service
First Baptist Church of Nederland
Nederland Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, January 12, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Family Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (5)

  • Amberr Melo

    11 January 2019 at 17:32 | #

    I'm so saddened to hear about Ms. Crabtree's passing! She was my 6th grade English teacher at Central Junior High (now Central Middle School) a long long time ago. Ms. Crabtree was a tough teacher but one of my fondest memories are from her class! The class was given a writing assignment to provide step by step instructions on how to exit the classroom starting from our seated positions. Then we each had to follow our instructions to see who could successfully exit the classroom. To this day I can picture everyone trying to complete what should have been a simple task only to fail miserably. It was hilarious and I believe maybe 1 or 2 students actually made it to the door. What a wonderful lesson in following directions and understanding the importance on the instructions you provide to others!! Ms. Crabtree was a wonderful teacher and I'm honored to have been one of her students so many years ago.!


  • Cindy Elliott Carranza

    08 January 2019 at 01:37 | #

    I am very saddened to hear that Ms. Crabtree has passed. She was a GREAT teacher and I still find myself using things she taught, & thankful because I find much younger people without comprehension in some aspects of English and sentences because they did not have the benefit of instruction by Ms. Crabtree. Believe me in 6th grade we thought it was overkill, but now I am very thankful. She was always very kind to me, and I continued to bump into her at my jobs both here and also Houston in the 80’s. I am very thankful for her sharing of her travels, & learned a great deal about incredible places in Europe & art and also the Masters. Little did I know that I would get to see much of it later in life, it was just as she described, and I did get the opportunity to tell her about it and also thank her. Basically she introduced me to an entire amazing world out there! There is no way I will be able to travel overseas & view the sights she showed in slides, without remembering her. Glad she will be passing through the pearly gates and enjoy all that is in Heaven.


  • Kathranleblanc graham

    08 January 2019 at 01:28 | #

    She was my teacher


  • Mary Ann (Brooks) Baker

    05 January 2019 at 16:39 | #

    Ann was a friend of mine from Nacogdoches High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. She and her parents lived on Star Avenue. Her dad was the McCrory's store manager and the Crabtrees were faithful members of First Baptist Church. Even though our lives took us on different paths and in different areas of Texas after our school days,, Ann and I always stayed in touch by phone and I will greatly miss her, those phone calls, and her Christmas cards and letters.


  • Linda F Pinner

    01 January 2019 at 03:38 | #

    I was saddened to learn of Ms. Crabtree's death. I knew her from First Baptist Church and from N.I.S.D. After her retirement Ann worked as one of the home bound teachers for Nederland High School. I often had conversations with her about homework for a student who was out of my classroom on a home bound schedule.. She was a sweet person and diligent about whatever she did. I marveled with her about some of the travels she had made. Her friends will miss her.


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