Longtime Hill Worker Crowe Dies at 92

Posted July 2, 2009 at 6:07pm

Members of Congress are mourning the death late last month of Sally Crowe, who worked for the House of Representatives for 57 years. She was 92.

[IMGCAP(1)]“She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her strong work ethic and her unwavering commitment to serving the House of Representatives,— House Administration Chairman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) said.

Crowe began her tenure in 1951 as a cashier in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria. She most recently served as a hostess in the Members’ Dining Room in the Capitol. In 2003, she was given the John W. McCormack Annual Award of Excellence to recognize her outstanding service to the House.

At age 89, Crowe suffered a bad fall, but still returned to work to the delight of many Members.

“Sally was the best,— said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.). “She was feisty. A lot of people were surprised when she came back to work after her accident … but she was old Irish — I mean that in a good way. She was tough.—

Lynch said Crowe was a bit of a politician herself and that she always went out of her way to make him look good in front of his guests.

“She was a real character — which is saying something — in the U.S. Congress,— he said. “She will definitely be missed.—

Crowe is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Greenbelt, Md., last week.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Salvation Army or the Arc of Prince George’s County.