The Woodward News

Obituaries

October 30, 2013

Audrey Charlotte (Ball) Crites

Woodward, Okla. —

Audrey Charlotte (Ball) Crites of Oklahoma City and formerly of Woodward, passed away October 26, 2013 at 96 years and almost 6 months of age. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Shane Rackley officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Audrey Charlotte (Ball) Crites was born on May 28, 1917 in Woodward County, Oklahoma to George O. and Josie Mae (Fothergill) Ball. She was raised on a farm in the Sharon-Mutual area along with four brothers and five sisters. Audrey attended the Sharon schools and graduated level 12 as Valedictorian of her class on April 18, 1935.

Audrey was united in marriage to Wilbur Raymond Crites on January 26, 1936 in Fairview, Oklahoma. They were blessed with three daughters, Janney Bee, Lillie Jannette, Sherrie Ann and one son, Wilbur Raymond Crites, Jr. They made their first home on a farm Southeast of Woodward, Oklahoma and later moved into the city of Woodward. Audrey was a full time mother as well as helping work on the farm in the early years of their marriage. Audrey’s brothers, Billy Bob and Roy, and three sisters, Willamae, Patsy and Betty Jo, each took a turn (one at a time) living with Audrey and Wilbur. Patsy and Betty Jo went to school in Woodward for a while. Audrey and Wilbur had over 27 wonderful years together before he preceded her in death at a young age.

Audrey and her daughter, Sherrie have made their home in Oklahoma City since 1963. During the years in the Oklahoma City area Audrey worked at St. Anthony Hospital and Doctors General Hospital. Then at the OU Health Science Center she studied and became an Occupational Therapist for Dr. Morman Prosser until she retired. At retirement she hade an Antique Shop, Doll Shop and followed the Doll Circuit. Even though retired she still loved flowers and always grew them in her yard.

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