06/12/05 — SANDRA CROOM

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RALEIGH -- Sandra "Sandie" Swinson Croom, 60, died Thursday, June 9, 2005, at Rex Hospital Hospice Unit after a valiant five year battle with cancer.

A native of Mount Olive, Sandie was born January 25, 1945, to the late Lona Lee Swinson and Weldon Bryant Swinson. She was a graduate of North Duplin High School. Mrs. Croom was very active in her community. Her involvement included serving as a former Girl Scout leader at Forest Hills Baptist Church, where she was a member. She also served as past president of both the N.C. Optometric Auxilary and the Triangle National Foundation of Ileitis and Colitis.

Sandie is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dr. Clyde E. Croom; daughter, Candice Lane Croom of the home; son, Edward "Eddie" Lee Croom and wife, Emily Burkhart of Raleigh.

Also surviving her are two grandchildren, Abigail "Abbie" Peace Croom and Maizie Gaia Croom; sister and brother-in-law, Kaye and Doug Massey of Mount Olive; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles "Charlie" and Elsie Swinson of Mount Olive, and Steve and Virginia Swinson of Charlotte, as well as a large extended family, and many beloved friends.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2005, at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Burial will follow in Historic Oakwood Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the committal the service at the gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 1300 Saint Mary's Street, 4th Floor, Raleigh, N.C., 27605, or to the Van De Rijin Study through Stanford University (research involving Sandie's rare cancer). Please call Dr. Croom's office at (919) 834-6206 for the mailing address. Tributes may be made to the family at www.brownwynne.com

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, is in charge of arrangements.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on June 12, 2005 7:53 AM