Melba Jean Crouse

Melba Jean Crouse of Lawson and Liberty, Missouri, passed away at age 82 on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at North Kansas City Hospital. Melba was born in Lawson, Mo. She was a graduate of Liberty High School, William Jewell College and The University of Missouri – Columbia.

Melba was a long time sister of the AO chapter of the P.E.O. International Sorority as well as a lifetime member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Delta Zeta Sorority. Melba was a long time music teacher in Liberty, Mo., where she greatly enjoyed directing the musical performances. Melba also enjoyed being a member of and directing the church choir for many years. Melba enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and had adventures from coast to coast.

Melba was proceeded in death by her parents, Lester and Wilma Sharp, as well as many aunts and uncles from the Lawson area.

Melba is survived by her husband, Bill Crouse of the home; her stepchildren and their spouses, Philip and Brenda Crouse of Smithville, Mo., Robin and Wade Smith of Cameron, Mo., and Kevin Crouse of Plattsburg, Mo.; and her grandchildren and their spouse, Ashley and Steve Cox of Newbury Park, Calif., Rachel Crouse of Fayetteville, Ark., Andrew Crouse of Kansas City, Mo., CJ Smith of St. Joseph, Mo., Tyler Smith of Nashville, Tenn., Jackson Crouse of Plattsburg, Mo. and Maggie Crouse of Plattsburg, Mo.; and her great grandchildren, Caleb, Joshua and Gideon Cox of Newbury Park, Calif. Melba is also survived by many cousins from the Lawson area.

Due to covid there will be no gathering for a visitation, but on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. the Bross & Spidle Funeral Home at 214 N. Pennsylvania in Lawson will be open for a viewing to pay respects. The graveside funeral service will take place Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Lawson Cemetery, 130 Kessler Dr. in Lawson.

Memoriam donations may be made to the Lawson United Methodist Church.

Our Sincere Condolences

Bill and family, so sorry to hear about Melba’s passing.  Sending our condolence and sympathy to all of you.
Mary and John Dempsey

Bill, I am so sorry to learn of Melba’s passing. Sad to lose another cousin. Prayers for peace and comfort.
Janell Coleman

My condolences to Bill Crouse and the kids Rob and Kevin and Philip. May Melba rest in peace. Go with God.
Madeline Miller

Sorry to hear about Melba’s passing.  She was my Jr high music teacher, and we went to the Christian Church.  Melba sang at my oldest sister’s wedding in 1959.  Patsy and Melba had been friends.  Back in 79, Melba and I shared a hospital room together.   When my mother came to see me before I was completely awake, she and Melba had a nice visit and Melba filled her in on what she knew about my results.  I’m happy you two found each other.  Peace to you and your family.
Peggy Hodgson Chase

Bill and family – I was sad to learn of the passing of another friend of my youth.  Melba was special – she and her parents were like family to me.
I know her journey on earth touched many of us in positive ways.  May she rest in God’s peace.
Virginia Cook