Mary Lou Crowley

Mary Lou Crowley

Wednesday, August 15th, 1928 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Mary Lou Crowley, 92, of Fayetteville, died in Syracuse on October 24, 2020. Born in Syracuse on August 15, 1928, she was the only child of Melvin J. and Lillian Louise Kiefer. After being educated in the Syracuse public schools, in 1949 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where she was admitted to Phi Betta Kappa in her junior year. She was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University in 1951; there she was the top student in her class.

For 54 years she served as confidential law clerk to a variety of judges in the New York Court System; among them were Chief Judge Edmund H. Lewis and Associate Judge Hugh R. Jones of the Court of Appeals, Appellate Division Justice Frank DelVechio and Supreme Court Justices Parker Stone, Thomas Aloi and William R. Roy. She was an adjunct professor at Syracuse College of Law for more than 20 years, teaching the course on New York Pleading and Practice. In 1989 she received the College’s Distinguished Service Award. For several years she taught classes in the Office of Court Administration’s program mandated for judges of town and village courts.

In 1984 she received a degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Mrs. Crowley was named the Post Standard Woman of Distinction in Careers in 1970 and in 2001 was designated the Distinguished Lawyer of that year by the Onondaga County Bar Association, the first woman to be so named.

While a resident of North Syracuse she was a member of the North Syracuse Board of Education for 10 years. For a number of years she served as a reader at WCNY’s Readout Program for the visually handicapped.

She was a member of the American, New York State and Onondaga County Bar Associations and had been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. She was a member of the American Law Institute.

A lifelong Episcopalian, she has held responsible positions in her local parishes, the Diocese of Central New York and the National Episcopal Church, serving as warden and vestryperson, president of the Diocesan Standing Committee and Deputy to 7 General Conventions of the National Church, where she was chairman of the Constitution Committee and a member of several committees and commissions.

She was predeceased by her husband, attorney Ronald J. Crowley, in 2004. Surviving are their children, David E. (Suzanne) Crowley and Lisa A. Crowley; five grandchildren, Sarah (Jeremy) Born, Kevin Crowley, Shannon (Justin) Knapp, Jonathan Crowley and Nicole Stoddard (Richard Wagner); and eight great-grandchildren, Naja Knapp, Justin Knapp, Jr., Annastasia Knapp, Hunter Losey, Lillyana Hartman, Lucas Born, Madeline Born, and Aven Wagner.

In the hope that their gifts may lead to the discovery of some treatment that will provide life for ill children, the bodies of both Mary Lou and Ronald Crowley have been given to the Anatomical Gift Program of Upstate Medical University.

A service in celebration of Mrs. Crowley’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 261, DeWitt, NY 13214 or to a favorite charity.
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Love Debbie and Family

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Words can not express what you meant to me. You were always there for me and my children. I will always remember you.

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Lucy Groening

Posted at 04:54pm
Mary Lou and I were good friends for many years, after she moved to Fayetteville, and I lived in Dewitt. We got to know each other at St. David's, went to Syracuse Stage together for years, and enjoyed our annual ski trips to Sugarloaf Mtn, Vermont. After I moved away, I would go back to visit , staying with Mary Lou, while my grandson was in college. We kept in touch by phone and I knew she was not well in recent years. With Thanksgiving upon us, I remember the years she would get her house ready to host the big holiday dinners for the whole family. Thinking of her now brings back so many happy memories of our friendship and the good times we had together.
Lucy Groening
Hartford, CT

Douglas E. Abrams

Posted at 02:34pm
Mary Lou Cowley as one of the best people I ever met. She was very helpful and understanding to me during our joint clerkships with Judge Jones (1976-1978). And I considered our continuing friendship over the years a privilege.

Doug Abrams
Columbia, Missouri

Cats Only Vet Hosp

Posted at 03:32pm
We were very sad to hear of Mary Lou's passing. We will always remember her fondly. Rest peacefully MaryLou. Dr Upholt, Christine and Collene at Cats Only Vet Hosp

Jan Sager

Posted at 12:45pm
I have known Mary Lou and her family since early days at St. Thomas' Church. She was a lovely lady and we kept in touch with each other through the years. My prayers go out to her family. Jan Sager

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