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Grace Elisabeth "Betty" Crisler Buchignani, 83, passed away on May 11, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leo J. Buchignani, her children, Leo J. Buchignani Jr. (Mary Edna), Crisler Quick (Peter), Joan Barnett (Bill), 12 grandchildren, her brothers J.A. "Jac" Crisler, III (Mary) and Dr. Crile Crisler (Noel), and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her grandson Crile Quick.

Mrs. Buchignani was born April 18, 1930 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Dr. J. A. Crisler, Jr. and Elisabeth Crile Crisler. After graduating from Miss Hutchison's School she studied music and was crowned May Queen at Sweet Briar College. On November 23, 1950 she wed Leo J. Buchignani, Esq. of Memphis and was known, above all, for devotion to her family.

Mrs. Buchignani was active in social and civic affairs throughout her life including the Junior League of Memphis, WKNO-TV, the Brooks Art Gallery League, the Women's Auxiliaries of the Tennessee Bar Association and of the Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association, and Memphis Music, Inc. She and her husband were long-time members of the University Club and the Memphis Country Club.

Mrs. Buchignani was an accomplished pianist and published songwriter. She composed and wrote over 70 songs, reaching audiences across the country in 1967 with two MGM singles, "I Have, I Have," and "Tic Toc." Her collaboration with producer Stan Kessler and singer Beti Webb brought both songs to radio airwaves and "Tic Toc" to the national TV program, "Upbeat." Also, in 1962, she hosted a regular segment on a WKNO-TV children's program, Miss Chlo, featuring her puppet, "Miss Witchie."

Family and friends knew Mrs. Buchignani as a charming and consummate hostess who engaged others with her keen and curious intellect. She touched nearly everyone she met and seldom failed to praise their virtues, finding connection and appreciation through personal stories and an unceasing positive energy. There was no end to the detail and delight she brought to endeavors with family and friends alike.

Private graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

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