Elvera M. Crispens, 86

Homemaker

March 30, 2007

Elvera M. Crispens, a homemaker and Maryland seafood cook, died of kidney failure Monday at the Levindale Hebrew Convalescent Home and Hospital.

The Arbutus resident was 86.

Born Elvera M. Babka in Baltimore and raised on Jackson Street, she attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Parochial School.

In 1946, she married Kenneth Crispens, a retired Baltimore City Police Department lieutenant, who survives her.

She enjoyed duckpin bowling and playing the slot machines at Charles Town, W.Va.

She was also an accomplished cook and made traditional Maryland seafood dishes as well as sour beef and dumplings.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wilkens Avenue and Courtney Road, the church she attended.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Kenneth Crispens Jr. of Arbutus; a daughter, Sharon Schline of Hunt Valley; two brothers, Joe Babka and Carroll Babka, both of Brooklyn Park; a sister, Helena List, also of Brooklyn Park; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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