06/13/05 — SANDRA CROOM

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Sandra "Sandie" Swinson Croom, 60, of Raleigh, died on Thursday at Rex Hospital Hospice Unit after a valiant five year battle with cancer.

A native of Mount Olive, Mrs. Croom was the daughter of the late Lona Lee Swinson and Weldon Bryant Swinson and was a graduate of North Duplin High School. Mrs. Croom was a former Girl Scout leader at Forest Hills Baptist Church, where she was a member, and also was past president of the North Carolina Optometric Auxiliary and the Triangle National Foundation of Ileitis and Colitis.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dr. Clyde E. Croom; one daughter, Candice Lane Croom of the home; one son Edward "Eddie" Lee Croom and wife, Emily Burkhart of Raleigh; 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 "Ginny" Swinson of Charlotte; as well as a large extended family and many beloved friends.

The funeral was held today at 11 a.m.. at Forest Hills Baptist Church. Burial was in Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

The family was to greet friends following the committal service at the graveside.

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 (for research involving Mrs. Croom'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.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh.


Published in Obituaries on June 13, 2005 2:00 PM