May 14, 1955 — May 11, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Charlene Michelle Fischer-Crawford, 62, left this earth before the sun came up on Friday, May 11, 2018. Char was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and then again in 2017. We will gather Thursday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laurel, Mont., to celebrate her life, her deeds, and her vision of what is good and right.

Char was born May 14, 1955, to Charles and Darlene Fischer in Mandan. The Fischer family moved to Maine, then to Connecticut in the following years. Char graduated from Masuk High School in Monroe in 1973. She packed her luggage she received as a graduation gift, threw it in the back of her Corvair and headed west. She didn’t stop until she hit Colorado Springs, where she worked until heading for Southern California. While in California, Char got into the photo industry and became a talented printer. In the early 80s, Char came to Laurel to visit her parents, Kasper’s Photo had an ad out for hire and Char applied and was hired by Sylvan Kasper. She made a lot of good friends at Kasper’s, as is said for every business she worked for. Her outgoing easy personality and non-confrontational demeanor left her mold into every crew she worked with.

In 1984, Char and Randy got hitched and built a horse shelter on the Yellowstone River in Stillwater County. They then built a home, then a horse barn, then built corrals and pens, and then they built a family. Tyler Nathaniel Crawford was born in Havre, Mont., on March 6, 1989. Andrea Jae Crawford was born in Seoul, Korea on October 26, 1990.

Charlene worked for Stillwater Community Hospital in Columbus. She started in 1992 as the WIC/Home Health clerk and then became the administrator’s assistant in 2000. In 2012, she became the business office supervisor and retired in 2017 due to her daily battle with cancer. The friends Char made during these years are too numerous to mention.

Charlene’s heart is larger than life and she leaves behind many, many friends and acquaintances that will remember her for her kindness, understanding, and ability to see through the smoke and clouds and find the good in everyone and everything. She will be missed!

Char’s two granddaughters brought her more joy than can be measured. Tatiana and Callia were treasures to her. Cooking brownies, camping, rafting, playing drive-thru, coloring, reading, texting?!, painting bird houses, catching toads, eating popcorn and watching movies,…All things were special! #@grammashouse!!

Our thanks to all the tremendous medical staff at Billings Clinic Cancer Center, Synergy Home Care and Riverstone Hospice for their hard work, professional manners, and constant caring smiles.