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Carolyn Cronk receives fragment of Hebrew scroll

October 8, 2011 • Local News


Carolyn Cronk holds a framed piece of a Hebrew scroll. (Vanessa Kahin Photo)

Carolyn Cronk keeps a valuable piece of Jewish history, and the story of how she came to have it has as many twists and turns as her life.

Originally from Texas, Cronk grew up and went to school in Fullerton, Calif. She admits she’s “lived in a lot of places,” with a modest yet playful smile. She has lived around the world and been immersed in a life of church and missionary work, in part, because of her late husband.

Cronk married the love of her life, Richard, just two days after graduating high school in 1956. In 1960, Richard graduated from college, and in 1965, Richard’s work transferred him to Albuquerque.

Cronk recalled living on Eubank Boulevard, which was, at the time, the westernmost point of the city.

The Cronks moved to Moriarty, bought a farm and enjoyed a quiet country life for 11 years. Cronk joked that the family grew “hay, cows and kids.” The Cronks had six children.

With nostalgia Cronk recalled her time in Moriarty, describing days of milking cows and churning butter.

“I really liked Moriarty,” she said. “Because we lived there the longest, and because we raised a family there, we called New Mexico home.”
Cronk also enjoyed Hawaii, where she lived when Richard’s job sent him on an all-expenses paid trip for six months. Login to read more

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