- Dummy’s Little Girl (1993) autobiography
Doris Isbell McDonald Crowe was born in Nettleton, Mississippi, on March 29, 1940, to deaf parents. Her father, Carl Moorehead Isbell, Sr., owned the only shoe repair shop in Nettleton. He was known as “Dummy” to the people of the town. She says that her father did not seem to resent the name. Her mother was Florence Dora Massengill, and her parents met at the state school for the deaf in Jackson, Mississippi.
Crowe’s memoir, Dummy’s Little Girl, published in 1993, tells the story of the many problems, tragedies, and joys in her life and includes some poetry that she wrote. She attended Nettleton’s high school before going to Wood Junior College, Bellhaven College, the University of Tennessee, and Floyd College– from which she got her degree. She is a registered interpreter for the deaf and works freelance and at the International Relay System for the Deaf. She is the mother of six children to her former husband, who is deaf, and she has eight grandchildren.
Crowe and her second husband, Louie Allen Crowe, live in the “Crowe’s Nest.” Her second husband is not hearing impaired, which has changed Crowe’s life. In 1991 she was the chief interpreter for the Governor’s inaugurations in Georgia and has worked at the Georgia state school for the dear. She loves music and plays the piano and organ and sings.