Fannie Square Crawford, who was born in Virginia in 1916 and moved with her family to Sagaponack in 1929, died on Oct. 11 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. She was 94.
Ms. Crawford had been for many years a private cook, working in the kitchens of the artist Alfonso Ossorio and Dr. Paul Nugent in East Hampton, among others, Rosa Hanna Scott, a niece who lives in East Hampton, said. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton, she volunteered her talents cooking chicken dinners and continued to make regular donations to the church until she entered the care center.
She was born in Drewryville, Va., on Oct. 30, 1916, to Maynard Square and the former Gladys Parker. When she was a teenager, the family moved to the South Fork, first to Sagaponack and then to East Hampton. Her father was a mason who worked for several local contractors, Ms. Scott said.
As soon as the family arrived in Sagaponack, the children started at the tiny schoolhouse there. They would travel with Sarah Stewart and her children by horse and buggy to Sunday school and services at the Bridgehampton church. They would look forward each year to the Sunday school picnic at Long Beach in Noyac.
In 1942 she married Sam Crawford, and they settled down on Narrow Lane in Bridgehampton. Mr. Crawford at one time opened and operated a restaurant and bar in the hamlet. The couple had one child, Barbara Brewer Person, who lives in Bridgehampton.
Mrs. Crawford’s family called her an adventurous woman. Children in her extended family always looked forward to Christmas, when she would take them all on a special train trip to New York City to shop. She believed strongly in young people getting an education and enthusiastically encouraged them.
Mr. Crawford died before her, as did her brother, William Square, and her sisters, Betty Ellis, Victoria Nicholson, Margaret Square Giles, and Helen Square.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Crawford is survived by three grandchildren, one great-grandson, a cousin, three nieces, and two nephews. She had two stepgrandchildren.
The Rev. Earl Hopson of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton and the Rev. Cornelius Fulford of the Cutchogue Baptist Church joined the Rev. Frank Bryant of the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton for an Oct. 15 funeral service at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Burial followed at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.