Lily Ann Crocker, nee Trautwein
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lily Ann Crocker, a beloved mother, grandmother, and Montessori directress and teacher who touched the lives of many. Lily Ann, born on May 20, 1938, in St. Louis City to her parents the late George Trautwein, Jr. and the late Anna Margaret Trautwein, nee Baumgarten, was a passionate educator and a pillar of her community.
Lily Ann dedicated her life to shaping young minds and fostering a love for learning. She pursued her education at Lindenwood College, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree with a major in music. This background in music brought a unique perspective to her teaching style and allowed her to inspire creativity in her students. Her innovative approach to education created an environment where curiosity flourished, and lifelong learners were born.
Outside of the classroom, Lily Ann was a mother of two: Vickie (Steve) Owings and the late John C.T. (Keri) Crocker. Lily Ann was deeply proud of her children and considered their happiness and success as her greatest achievements.
Lily Ann's family brought joy to her life, especially in later years when she beamed with pride as she watched them grow into loving parents themselves. Her legacy lives on through her grandchildren Kyle (Caroline) Owings, Krysta Owings, Kristian Owings, Katherine Owings, Juliana Crocker, Annaliesa Crocker, Charlie Crocker, and Caitlin (Josh) Cochran.
As a member of St. Louis Central Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as the St. Louis Concert Choir, Lily Ann found solace in music, world travel, and spirituality.
To honor Lily Ann's memory, a visitation will take place at the John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Homes - South City Chapel, located at 7027 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116, on January 3, 2024. The visitation will begin at 10:00 AM and continue until 11:30 AM. Following the visitation, a funeral service will be held at the same location at 11:30 AM.
Lily Ann Crocker will be laid to rest at the New St. Marcus Cemetery in St. Louis. The burial service will take place following the funeral service, starting at 1:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Louis Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, St. Michael's Temple Church, Miracle Revival Center, or Donate – CMI – Concert Ministries Inc. (cmichoir.org).
In this time of mourning, let us remember Lily Ann's unwavering dedication to education and motivating others. She found solace and forged connections within the diverse fabric of faith, embracing the warmth and community of various churches.
May Lily Ann Crocker's soul rest in eternal peace, as she watches over us from above. She will forever be remembered for her humanity, wisdom, and the countless lives she touched during her time on Earth.
"God given gifts of motivating, inspiring...singing with St. Louis Concert Choir and share my love and knowledge with others improving their life, health, and relationships, most importantly live every day in God's Will!" -Lily Ann Crocker