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Funeral services for Ruth Ellen Crites, 66, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Gospel Hill Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Crites died at 10:20 a.m., Monday, June 2, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.

She was born October 14, 1947, at Mansfield, Missouri, to John Samuel Marcum and Violet Wood Marcum. She graduated from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1965. On May 23, 1965, she was married at Pomona, Missouri, to Robert Crites. Mrs. Crites was a long time co-owner of Dairy Princess Restaurant. She loved to cook and enjoyed attending ball games to support her grandchildren. Mrs. Crites was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Crites, of the family home; two children, Rhonda Meyer, husband, Marc, Overland Park, Kansas and Robbie Crites, wife, Lynn, West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Lindsay Meyer , Jack Meyer, Bo Crites and Coy Crites; three brothers, George Marcum, Pomona, Missouri, Alvan Marcum, wife, Rose, Willow Springs, Missouri and Frank Marcum, wife, Sue, Duncan, Oklahoma; two sisters, Dolores Mayfield, husband, Ray, Monroe, Louisiana and Rosie Heinzmann, husband, Bob, Washington, Illinois; special friend, Tammy Woodworth; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Mildred Crites, three brothers, Carl, Kenneth and Loren Marcum and one sister, Margaret Butler, precede her in death.

Mrs. Crites will lie in state from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gospel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center or Gospel Hill Church Library Fund, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

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