Bessie Crowe, mother of bluegrass musician J.D. Crowe, celebrates 100th birthday

kward1@herald-leader.comMarch 1, 2014 

Bessie Crowe, the mother of renowned bluegrass banjo-picker J.D. Crowe, celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday.

"We had a pretty good day for her," J.D. Crowe said late Saturday afternoon after his mother's birthday party, which featured a slew of friends bearing cards and flowers.

Bessie Crowe and her late husband, Orval Dee "O.D." Crowe, raised their son and daughter, Rosa Crowe, on a farm in Jessamine County, then moved "to town" — Lexington — in the 1960s, J.D. Crowe said. Mrs. Crowe was a homemaker; her husband retired from IBM.

She continued to live in Lexington until several years ago, when she moved to J.D. Crowe's home in Nicholasville.

Her son said he frequently jokes with his mother about her longevity, telling her she'd live a lot longer if she'd quit drinking.

"She never did drink," he said Saturday, adding that she has had the good fortune to be relatively healthy. "She's worked hard down through the years on the farm. She just kept active."

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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