By Mercy's Madelynn Innes
It’s with heavy hearts that Mercy mourns the sudden loss of Dwaine Crigger, a longtime friend to Mercy co-workers across the Ozarks. On July 4, Dwaine and hi wife, Judy, died due to an unknown carbon monoxide leak in their home.
Dwaine was a professor in the Art and Design Department at Southwest Missouri State University. In recent years, he also served as a consultant and art curator during the construction of the beautiful patient tower at Mercy Hospital Springfield, as well as the Surgery and Trauma Centers on the Springfield campus.
“I had the good fortune to work closely with Dwaine during that time,” recalls Ann Meuser, retired vice president of mission services. “As he selected art to create a healing environment throughout our facilities, he had a passion to use the work of Ozark area artists. The art was always excellent and carried a variety of messages, always appropriate to the needs of the patients.”
An example of his dedication to the finest detail was his insistence that he personally construct and frame each piece of art before he personally hung it in place, she recalls. In all that he did, she added, “He understood the commitment of Mercy to have a compassionate healing place for all patients, and he helped provide peace and hope through the art around them. His contribution and joyful spirit will fill the lives of co-workers, patients and families for many years to come.”
Mercy's thoughts and prayers are with the Crigger family and their many friends and colleagues. A celebration of their lives will take place on July 13 at South Street Christian Church in Springfield.
The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. followed by the service at 2 p.m. The couple will be interred at North Greenlaw Cemetery following the service. Memorial donations can be made to Dickerson Park Zoo or South Street Christian Church.