Janice Young Crouch, 80, died Jan. 4, 2010, in Macon, Ga. Born on July 10, 1929, in Asheville, N.C., Crouch was the daughter of the late Thomas Ralph Young and Sarah Jarvis Young. She was married to Baptist pastor, Dr. William Henry Crouch for 60 years, sharing a ministry in churches in Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina. They have lived in Macon for three years, relocating from Asheville. A gifted artist, a compassionate and sacrificial giver of her talents to benefit others and a model of caring for all of God's creation, Crouch has left behind a legacy of Christian love.
After attending Wake Forest College, she graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in creative painting. Scattered across several states in homes, businesses and institutions are her portraits, landscapes and artistic interpretations.
She was the mother of five children. She was a beloved older sister to two brothers. Her life painted a picture of vibrant color and curiosity that will forever serve as an inspiration for each of her 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Rebecca Tribble Hobbs (Victor), of Milledgeville, Ga.; William H. Crouch Jr. (Jan), of Georgetown, Thomas L. Crouch (Ellen), of Asheville, N.C., and Sarah Crouch Tucker (Keithen) of Macon, Ga.; a brother, T. Ralph Young Jr.; 12 grandchildren, Joel Hobbs, Janice Hobbs Ward, Allison Crouch, Rebecca Crouch, Erin Crouch Jackson, Graham Crouch, Jourdan Crouch, Justin Crouch, Heather Crouch, Patrick Crouch, Meredith Tucker Davis and Michal Tucker; and six great-grandchildren, Avery Hobbs, Parker and Levi Ward, Dresden Jackson, Maddox Crouch and Saylor Davis.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Crouch McKeithan in 2003; and a brother, John B. Young, of Asheville.
A memorial service will be celebrated 2 p.m. Jan. 17, 2010, in the Crouch Chapel, First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Crouch Leadership Scholarship at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond, Va., or the Deborah Lecture Series at Georgetown College.