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Fannie Mae Burse Crayton

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Born in St. Mary's Colony, Texas on Oct. 1, 1922
Departed on Sep. 19, 2009 and resided in Miami, FL.
Visitation: Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Friday, Sep. 25, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Fannie Mae Burse Crayton was the third of eight children born to Richard and Effie Tottress Burse in St. Mary’s Colony on October 1, 1922. She would laugh and tell the story of how she was actually christened Fannie Mae Octavia Dorita Burse because several of her mother’s friends wanted her to be named after them. She attended public schools in St. Mary’s Colony and Manor, Texas. She professed Christ at an early age and joined St. Mary’s Baptist Church in St. Mary’s Colony.

She was united in holy matrimony to Thomas Crayton. To this union one child was born. Her husband Thomas C. Crayton, D.S Army Master Sergeant, member of the 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division was taken as P.O.W. in North Korea on December 1, 1950 and preceded her in death while a prisoner on February 11, 1951.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Austin. She obtained jobs as a domestic worker. She joined Main East Austin Baptist Church, now known as Mt. Sinai Baptist Church where she served as an usher. In 1948 she joined David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. E.G. Gibbs. She was a long time active member who loved her church and the beautiful city of Austin. She became affectionately known by all at David Chapel, as Aunt Fannie. She served in Mission I and Usher Board #1. Fannie Crayton served on the social committee of Usher Board # 1 for fifteen years. She will be long remembered for her great love of church suppers and family get-togethers, especially around the holidays. Gardening was her passion, and in her younger years, she was an excellent seamstress.

After her health began to fail, she moved to Miami, Florida to live with her daughter. There she had an opportunity to enjoy her Miami family and experience her great-granddaughter’s interests and development. Mikayla officially named her “Grand Mommy.”

On Saturday afternoon September 19, 2009, she quietly went to be with the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings: Leroy Burse, S.M. Burse, George Burse, Josephine Sneed, Genetta Burse, Lola Cavanaugh, and Beatrice Bennett.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter Lou Nell Gibson (Mark); granddaughter Pamela Denise Anderson (Michael); grandson Mark Thomas Gibson, and great-granddaughter Mikayla Janay Anderson, all of Miami, Florida. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and wonderful friends.

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