CRAWFORD, Texas (KWTX) – A Central Texas woman known to friends and family as the “Queen of Crawford” turned 90 on Wednesday, September 14, and much of the city turned out to celebrate the pillar in style.
154 people in the town of under 900 packed Crawford Baptist Church over the weekend to celebrate Edna Mae Westerfeld ahead of her birthday.
His granddaughter, Kara Sanders, helped organize the party. “She’s the nicest woman and she always took care of me when my parents were out of town,” Sanders said. “She is just generous and down to earth. I’m so lucky to have him here. “
Edna Mae Westerfeld was born on September 14, 1932 in Coryell City. She moved to Crawford in 1941 and spent the last 82 years of her life living and investing in the small town.
She graduated from Crawford High School in 1952 and married the man she calls “her knight in shining armor”, Charlie Jr. Westerfeld, the following year.
The couple were married 56 years before Charlie died in 2009. Edna was a farmer’s wife and a secretary as an adult in Crawford.
She loves playing dominoes and watching the Texas Rangers. For decades, Edna Mae has been a fixture at Crawford football games.
But you won’t find the super fan in the stands.
“She sits in her van on game nights and watches the Crawford Pirates play football instead of sitting in the stands, which is pretty special in itself,” Sanders said.
“Coaches are always looking to see and make sure she’s there.”
Edna is an integral part of the Crawford community, and not just for her support of athletics. She served as a volunteer firefighter and a member of EMS.
“When they had a call, she would get in the ambulance and go to the scene to see if they needed help,” her granddaughter recalls. “She went with the crew to check in and make sure everyone was okay.”
Edna Mae says she was blessed with a wonderful life in Crawford and has this advice as she approaches 90. “Keep busy, pray and take care of your health,” Edna Mae said.
She was touched by the number of people who came to celebrate her. “I had a wonderful celebration,” Edna Mae said. “So many friends, so many of my family came from near and far and all the good wishes I had from them.”
“We call her the Crawford matriarch because she knows everything that’s going on and if anyone needs to know what’s going on in Crawford they can call her and ask her,” Sanders laughed. “She will know.”
“She is my last grandparent, so I cherish every moment I spend with her. I would be lost without her.
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