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Mary Ann Crider – SK – WA3HUP
May 14, 1924 – March 12, 2016
Mary Ann Crider, 91, formerly of Camp Hill and Lewisberry passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Kinkora-Pythian Home in Duncannon. She had been living in a nursing home for the past few years.
Mary Ann was born in East Providence, Rhode Island on May 14, 1924 the daughter of the late Abilio Dos Santos and Rose Costa Santos.
She was a homemaker.
She was a waitress at the old Three Gables and Lombardi’s restaurants in Camp Hill.
She was a Camp Hill police officer.
While serving in the Air Force, her husband, W3GE(ex-W3HTO) urged Mary Ann to became an amateur radio operator, Novice callsign WN3HUP, which was something she deeply loved for over 40 years. An ARRL member, Crider also was on the DXCC Honor Roll.
For decades she connected hams with other hams, quietly working behind the scenes as QSL manager for a number of DXers. She was a former manager of the Third Call Area QSL Bureau. Before she became the bureau’s manager, Crider served as a sorter for 11 years. DX chasers during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s likely received QSL cards from DX stations for which she handled QSLing duties. She made friends all over the world including the late King Hussein of Jordan who was also an amateur radio operator. That friendship allowed her to be his guest several times in the 1970s.
In 2005, the ARRL Executive Committee voted unanimously to name Crider the recipient of ARRL President’s Award for her contributions to the cause of international goodwill through her long service as a QSL manager and as manager of the ARRL Third Call Area Incoming QSL Bureau. When she stepped down, the National Capitol DX Association (NCDXA) took over the bureau, with noted DXer Fred Laun, K3ZO, at the helm. At the time, Laun cited Crider’s “encyclopedic knowledge of DXCC entities and call sign prefixes…built by her work in the trenches, as illustrated by her DXCC confirmed total of 360 entities.”
There was little that Mary Ann couldn’t do and she wasn’t afraid to try something new.
She learned to paint having sold some of her paintings, knit, needlepoint, counted-cross-stitch.
Other hobbies included gardening and bowling.
While bowling she won the Quad-County Ladies 600 Tournament with a 792 series in the early 1960s.
She was a member of the Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church in Etters.
Mary Ann was predeceased by her husband Charles Crider, Jr, son Charles Crider, III, and several sisters and brothers.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughter Diane Welmon and husband Jerry of Geneva, Alabama, son Stephen Crider and wife Theresa of Duncannon, a sister Celeste Johannes of Rhode Island and a brother David Moura of Massachusetts.
She is also survived by grandchildren Darlene Dunn, Clayton Dressler, Lisa Strenkoski, David Crider, Kevin Crider, Jonelle Spease, and great grandchildren, Alyssa, Hope, and Julia Strenkoski, Hannah Dunn, Danton and Brayden Dressler, Alexandra and William Crider, Brenton and Korie-Ann Crider and Brooke Spease.
Visitation will be held Friday March 18, 2016 at the Myers-Harner Funeral Home, 1903 Market Street, Camp Hill from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with memorial services being held at 10:00 AM on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rolling Green Cemetery.
Being a life-long animal lover, especially dogs, the family requests that in lieu of flowers that a contribution be made in Mary Ann’s memory to the animal shelter of your choice or to the Kinkora-Pythian Home, 25 Cove Road Duncannon, PA 17020 which Mary Ann considered home for the past two years.