Kim Marie Crowe, age 57, resident of 145 Cross Road, Lexington, South Carolina, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2012, after an illness of almost five years. Formerly of Cambridge Springs, PA, she leaves her husband, Thomas Crowe, behind to mourn her loss. Kim was born on December 24, 1954 in Belleville, IL, a daughter of the late Warren Fostler and Arlene Schlueter Fostler. She graduated from Belleville Township West High, Class of 1972, Belleville, IL.

Crowe, Kim MarieKim began a successful career of fifteen years of increasing responsibilities in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections with over ten years of management and supervisory experience. Her career was first established in 1990 as a Corrections Officer at the Graterford Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution. In 1992 she transferred to the Cambridge Springs Correctional Institution where she advanced from Corrections Officer to Sergeant then to Lieutenant in a five year time span. Her responsibilities included the supervision of over 70 Correction Officers and the administration of effective security and discipline of over 700 female inmates. In 1997, promotion took her to the Albion Correctional Institution where she was employed as a Captain/Shift Commander and where she had supervision responsibilities of over 150 Correction Officers. In 2004, she was advanced to the Office of Chief Counsel making a number of document decisions and evaluations. She also conducted fact finding hearings and training sessions.

From 1992 to March of 2006 she resided in Cambridge Springs with her husband, Thomas Crowe whom she married on February 14, 2004. In 2006, they moved to Saratoga, Wyoming where Kim assumed a supervision position with the Rollins Wyoming Department of Corrections. During 2006 and 2007, Kim was a member of the Security Audit Team of the US Department of Justice which grants certification to state correction institutions spred over the nation. In the summer of 2007, Kim retired because of illness and in January of 2008 she was diagnosed with serious cancer. In November of 2009, she and her husband moved to South Carolina to receive more accessible cancer treatment where they established a permanent home in Lexington.

In Lexington, Kim and her husband became dedicated members of the Lexington Baptist Church. While in good health, Kim enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, and sight seeing. Kim’s expressed primary purpose in life was to serve The Most High God and to live her life in a manner that would be pleasing to Him. With great anticipation, she looked forward to spending eternity with her Lord and Savior.

In addition to her husband, Thomas, Kim is survived by two children – Colleen Ropert and her husband, Gerald of Lexington, SC and Nathan Miller and his wife, Michele of Concord, CA; three stepchildren- Robert (Jake) Crowe, Lucas Crowe and his wife, Estella, and Kathryn Doubet and her husband, Newt all of Cambridge Springs. Her grandchildren include Dalton J. Miller and Ava Marie Ropert, both of Lexington, SC; and Parker J. Doubet, Cameron Doubet, and Alexander Doubet all of Cambridge Springs. She is also survived by a sister – Pamela Gould and her husband, Phil of Richlands, NC and a brother – Jeff Fostler of Missouri.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9. They are also invited to attend funeral services to be held at the First Baptist Church of Cambridge Springs on Saturday at 2:00 pm with the pastors of the Cambridge Springs First Baptist Church, Rod Beardsley and Daren Barnett, officiating. Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to: Saratoga Alliance Church, 1584 Santiago, WY 82331; or the Lexington Baptist Church located at 308 East Main St., Lexington, SC, 29072; or to the First Baptist Church, 339 South Main Street, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.