A Delta County native, Caren received an Associate in Arts in Business Administration from Bay de Noc Community College in 1995. She transferred to Central Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was honored with membership in the Sigma Iota Epsilon honorary management academic fraternity. Following graduation, she attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Ill., and was licensed as a mortician in 1999, after which she returned to Delta County to begin her professional career with her father and grandfather with Crawford Funeral Homes.
Caren has been very active in the community, joining numerous service organizations and assuming leadership positions. Caren served as co-chair of the St. Vincent de Paul Society “Gift of Hope” Campaign in 2004 for construction of a new facility; board member and past mentor with the Big Brother/Big Sisters program, member and past president of the Escanaba Rotary Club and chair of their Rose Project and the ISD Christmas Party, member of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Board, member of the OSF Women in Philanthropy, and currently serves as an officer for the MFDA District 10 Board. She joined the Delta County Jaycees in 2001, serving as president in 2004, chairing numerous annual Jaycee events and was an active member until she aged out in 2015. Caren also served on the OSF Advisory Board and was a member of the 2004 Delta County Commerce Center “Delta Force” leadership development academy. She is a member of St. Anne’s Parish. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Delta County Chamber Athena award. Caren is the daughter of Jim and Mary Kay (Bink) Crawford and granddaughter of Donald and Rosie Crawford.
In 2016, the Bay College Alumni Association announced Caren Crawford as the Distinguished Alumnus of the year.