1877-1969

October 31, 1877, Inland, Iowa.

March 31, 1969, Dallas, Texas.

Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

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Grace was educated at the German-English college in Wilton, Iowa. Crowell first attempted writing poetry at the age of 8, but in a rare instance of non-support by her otherwise loving family, found her efforts laughed at as an infantile effort. She stated, I never tried to write after that until love and romance and a home came to me. That quickened and awakened the desire to write poetry again.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts in 1901, she married Norman H. Crowell (also a writer) in September 1901. With her husband, she moved to Farmington, Minnesota, where he worked as a bank teller and she as a housewife and mother.

In 1906 she fell gravely ill, and despite the best medical care available at the time, she failed to improve. While resigned to spending life as an invalid, she had no desire to be a burden to her family, and determined to become a writer; her first poem, The Marshland, was written and published while she was recovering from her illness. It was primarily her long confinement and suffering in various hospitals that led her to write verses of hope, patience, and inspiration; she stated, The thought kept coming to me, I would like to write poetry that will help others who are suffering as I am. She continued to write, and many of her works were subsequently published in popular periodicals. In 1935, she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas.

Her health improved after a move to Sioux City, Iowa; the family subsequently moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1917, and two years later to Dallas, Texas, where she spent the rest of her life. She eventually completed over 3,500 poems and 21 books. The mother of three sons, she was named American Mother of the Year in 1938. She received an honorary Litt.D. degree from Baylor University.

  1. Because I Have Been Given Much (1936)
  2. When Jesus Was a Little Boy