On the morning of Saturday, June 19th, 2021, Granny gained her wings. Born October 17th, 1934, Patricia Ann Dybalski Crim, affectionately called “Patsy” (“Don’t you call me grandma!”), passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her beloved family. And in true Patsy form, she was stubborn and hard-headed right to the very end.
As a cradle-Catholic, she was educated at Immaculate Conception as a child and went on to attend St. Agnes Academy (“when it was still on Fannin”). She devoutly attended Mass on EWTN, prayed the Rosary, and participated in the Divine Mercy daily, without fail. She proudly proclaimed her passion and love for the Lord and was always eager to share her faith with anyone.
Patsy can be described as a loving wife, an adoring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a devoted friend and confidant. But, beyond that, she was also a world-class seamstress, a painter, and a world traveler. She loved to get in her car and just drive anywhere. As a proud Houstonian, she would often hop in the car, taking whoever would go with her, and give them a tour of the entire city.
Patsy loved her puppies, watching the Astros win (“Go Altuna!”), Mickey Mouse, a cold stout, and fried shrimp. All the fried shrimp. But Christmas was her absolute favorite. So much so, in fact, she kept a Christmas tree along with several Nativity sets up year-round. Patsy took pride in creating a beautifully adorned space for the occasion; complete with a 500+ piece Snow Village which attracted many visitors; some from across the world.
Spoiling her four grandchildren was her favorite pastime; that is until her great-grandchildren were born. She doted over her Maggie, her KBEEE, and her Kannonball. This woman was fiercely loyal, deeply loving, and unapologetically herself 100% of the time. Her smile, her laugh, her unwavering love, and her steadfast devotion to her family will be severely missed. We take solace in the fact that she is free of her pain, here on earth, and is reunited with Gus (Who we are CERTAIN she is back to terrorizing on a regular basis. We also know he loves it and would not have it any other way.).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Edwin Barkley Crim, Sr., her brother P.J. Bennett, and her sister Betty Lou Gervais. She is survived by her three children, Edwin Barkley Crim, Jr., Samuel Keith Crim, and P. Svanhaniel Crim, her four grandchildren, Elizabeth Meghan Crim-Urbanski, Candice Leigh Crim-Thomas, Christopher Branden Crim, and Mary Margaret Crim, her three great-grandchildren Patricia Margaret Urbanski, Kayson Barkley Clay, and Kannon Pierce Clay, and additional immediate family members, Sharon Crim, Ruth Crim, Samuel Urbanski, Patrick Thomas, Laura Lowe, Patty Torres, Ruby Crim, Marianita Paddock Snodgrass, and Lee Snodgrass. Extended family members include sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Smith and Barbara “Bobbie” Bennett, nieces and nephews, Robert Smith, Melba Miller, Margaret Davis, Amy Mouton, Burke Bennett, Ben Gervais, Joe Gervais, John Paul Gervais, and Beau Gervais, and several great-nieces, nephews, cousins, and close family friends.
Escorting her as pallbearers will be Michael Buchala, Kannon Clay, Kayson Clay, Travis Clay, Christopher Crim, and Lee Snodgrass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Patsy’s name to EWTN at 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, Alabama 35210, Houston Hospice at 1905 Holcombe, Houston, Texas 77030, any animal rescue, or your favorite charity.
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