Muriel B. Crego

Apr 11, 2017
Muriel Crego

Rockland — Muriel B. Crego, 96, world traveler and adventure seeker, died April 6, 2017, at Bartlett Woods. She was born March 21, 1921, in Kinderhook, N.Y., to Percy and Barbara (Fletcher) Crego. Muriel grew up on a farm in upstate New York. She graduated from college in New Paltz, N.Y., and later received her master's in education at New York University.

Muriel was a great defender of human rights. She and her twin sister, Carol, were very concerned about racial prejudice. Muriel worked to improve interracial relationships at the Friendship House. The eradication of prejudice was always an important theme in her life. Muriel and Carol owned and operated a bed-and-breakfast for many years until Carol got married.

Muriel and Carol enjoyed traveling together, and rode bikes all over Europe, staying at hostels along the way. After her sister, Carol, got married, Muriel moved to Labrador, where she taught for the United States Air Force. She also taught in England, France, Spain and Turkey until she retired. Muriel lived in Norway for a period of time. She would stay in northern Europe during the summer months, and would move to southern Europe in the winter months, often staying in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. She moved back to United States, and promptly bought an RV so that she could continue her travels across the U.S. Muriel eventually settled in Rockland to be near her family.

Muriel was an avid skier and a member of the National Ski Patrol while teaching school full-time. She was very interested in the arts, often spending time in New York City to enjoy all of the museums and theaters. She was very generous and thoughtful to her nieces and nephews, who often accompanied her to New York City.

Reading and education were very important to Muriel. She often helped friends, strangers and her nieces and nephews in their academic pursuits and cultural experiences. She had many interests, including making pottery, and skydiving. Muriel was an adventurous soul who enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life, often stopping her travel to help people she had just met. She was very interested in Native American culture.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Doris Miller, Frances Nesbitt and her twin sister, Carol Lee.

She is survived by her nieces, Karen Fitzmaurice of Liberty, Jean Moss of Waldoboro, and Barbara Miller of Maynard, Mass.; nephews George Miller of Venice, Fla., and Peter Nesbitt of Gorham; and also many grand- and great-nieces and -nephews.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in Muriel’s memory may be made to New Hope For Women, 5 Beech St., P.O. Box A, Rockland, ME 04841.

Share condolences at Arrangements are with Hall’s of Waldoboro.

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