Remembered as the first woman to work as a lawyer in Camden, Arkansas, Crawford famously disappeared in 1957 and is presumed to be deceased. Half a century later, her case remained unsolved, although an Arkansas Gazette investigative journalism series in the 1980s established Camden business executive Mike Berg as a potential suspect in the case.
After graduating as the valedictorian of her class at Arkansas' Warren High School, she briefly studied at the University of Arkansas. After being employed as a court reporter by a southern Arkansas law firm, she passed the Arkansas bar examination and began working in the legal areas of titles and estates.
During the 1940s, she founded the Arkansas Girls State organization and became the first female member of the Camden City Council.
She and her three siblings grew up in Greenville, Texas and Warren, Arkansas. Her marriage to Clyde Falwell Crawford lasted from 1925 until her disappearance in 1957.
She and Chicago-based public defender Pearl Hart were among the first female attorneys in their respective states.