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In Memoriam: Evalyn Leinbach Crawford

by | Aug 23, 2021

Evalyn Crawford

Evalyn Leinbach Crawford, 74, of Davidson died August 20, 2021. She was born on January 12, 1947 in Winston-Salem, N.C. to the late E. Irvin Leinbach and Gretta Gene Grubbs Leinbach. Evalyn was proud of her Moravian Church heritage, having been raised at Bethania Moravian Church. She lived a life of service to her church, her community, and her family. In the late 1960’s, she served in New York City as a volunteer with VISTA, a national service program designed to alleviate poverty. While living in Macon, Ga., she was an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and served as a church elder. She also served as president of the local chapters of the League of Women Voters and Habitat for Humanity, as well as volunteering as a “band mom” while both of her boys were in high school.

The turn of the century brought a change as she and her husband Van moved to North Carolina, where her service continued. She once again served as a church elder, this time with Davidson College Presbyterian Church, and led a team preparing meals for the hungry and needy at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

Evalyn loved playing bridge. She and Van often played with friends and neighbors multiple times a week. Evalyn was a talented artist. She painted watercolors of her beloved wildflowers and crafted silver jewelry. Evalyn loved handmade art, knick-knacks, wall hangings, and antique furniture. If there was a blank space on the wall, it cried out for something unique to be hung there. Evalyn, Van, and Drew owned and managed Wooden Stone Gallery for many years. She could often be found there crafting jewelry and talking to the customers about the artists and their art.

Survivors include her husband, Van; sons Drew of Asheville and Aaron and his wife Dina of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Alexandra, Matthew and Ryan; and brother Leon Leinbach.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the DCPC Minister’s Discretionary Fund at or call (704) 892-5641; or The Pine’s at Davidson Chaplaincy Fund at or call (704) 896-1489.

A memorial service will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary on Saturday August 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  Masks are required, thank you.

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