The Woodward News

October 30, 2013

Audrey Charlotte (Ball) Crites


Woodward News

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.

Audrey got a lot of enjoyment teaching her children how to play in sports. Coached for the 10 year old Baseball Team which won State, and the team included her son, Junior along with two cousins, Wendell Eugene and LeRoy Churchill. Junior was the pitcher for the team and his Dad, Wilbur, always practiced catching for him. Audrey coached for her daughters, Janney Bewe and Jannette’s Softball Team which won Regionals. She was a Den Mother for Junior’s Cub Scouts. Both Audrey and Wilbur were involved in school activities wether it be driving a bus or being a chaperone. Wilbur built a full size basketball court in the backyard for his children. The neighbor, Jim Wyatt, built a baseball field in his back yard and the whole neighborhood used both the basketball court and the baseball field. Parents played the games with the children and had a lot of fun. She also liked to go fishing with family and friends.

Late in her life her greatest joy was seeing and playing with her puppies, Sweetpea, Angel Baby, Nick, Dusty and Mr. Peach, her big yellow cat.

She is survived by her daughters, Janney Bee Adams and husband Garland of Phoenix, Arizona; Lillie Jannette Wyatt and husband David D. of Oklahoma City; Sherrie Ann Crites of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren, Michael T. Adams, Sheree Rene Hewitt, Mark Leslie Adams, Matthew Wayne Adams, Michelle Annette Sanford, Timothy David Wyatt, Kimberly Kaye Sandoval and Kristi Dawn Crites-Haney; Thirteen great-grandchildren, Michael Adams, Samantha Adams, Tara Adams, Adrian Valogh, Jennifer Mareio, Mark Adams Jr., Alyson Wyatt, David M. Sanford, Kassidy Sandoval, Kenzey Sandoval, Delayne Pio, Devory Pio, Brandi Haney and Matthew Adams; Great-Great Grandchildren, Corbin Hewitt, Stella Moon Adams and Aidan Mareio.

Besides her husband Wilbur Raymond Crites Sr., she was preceded in death by her son, Wilber Raymond Crites Jr; grandaughter, Kathleen Diane Wyatt; great -grandson, Chandler Clay Sandoval; parents George O. And Josie Ball; brothers, Wilfred Ball, Billy Bob Ball; sisters, Willamae (Selby) Stanley, and Betty Jo Davidson; brothers-in-law, Richard Selby, Marion Stanley, Lemuel Jackson, Donald McDaniel; sister-in-law, Marilyn Ann Ball.

Audrey will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com