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Obituary for Verna Jean Criswell

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Verna Jean Criswell

November 4, 1929 - April 18, 2015

Verna Jean Criswell

November 4, 1929 – April 18, 2015


Our loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and dearest friend passed away peacefully on April 18, 2015 surrounded by her family.


Verna was born on November 4, 1929 and raised in Richfield, Utah.  She is the youngest child of James Earl and Lovina Hansen.


Verna married Lamar Gale Criswell on May 3, 1951 and had five children.  She enjoyed her career as a Sales Professional at Sears & Roebuck’s and retired after 26 years of dedicated service.


Grandma Vern loved arts and crafts, bingo, traveling, golfing, bowling, skiing, and winning at card games.  Everyone who played a game of Scitty Scat (aka) “31” with her remembers her famous saying, “There ain’t no cryin’ in scitty-scat!”  Life was an adventure for her and she lived everyday to the fullest.  Tending to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, playing cards with her dear friends, cooking for her family and visiting with her loved ones were the times she enjoyed the most.  Grandma Vern’s loving spirit was infectious and you could always catch her humming at home.  Her laugh was contagious and she touched everyone she met with her sense of humor and quick wit, which will be deeply missed.


Verna is survived by her loving children:  Gale Jean Croft (Doug), Ogden, Mary Lee Libro (Dennis), Nevada, Donna Harline-Ferro (Mike) Ogden, Sam Criswell (MaryAnne), Texas, Marty Criswell (Lori), Ogden; 13 grandchildren: Brett Buttars (April), Rainie Andrus (Stewart), Lenny Martinez (Brian), Chad Buttars (Jennie), Eric Buttars, David Buttars (Sarah), Erica VanAarle (Patrick), Elizabeth Stuart (Aaron), Megan Criswell (Steven Grohman), Lindsey Criswell (Patrick Harris), Kelby Criswell (Jessica), Keaton Criswell (Melissa), and Kade Criswell; and 31 great-grandchildren.


Verna is preceded in death by her brothers: Clyde, Neal, and Boyd; her four sisters: Sylvia, Wanda, Norma, and Joyce; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Brooke Morgan.


A viewing will be held on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Verna will be laid to rest alongside her parents and siblings at Richfield City Cemetery, 800 North Main Street, Richfield, Utah at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015.


Her spirit lives on forever in our hearts


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Service Schedule

Service Information

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm -

800 North Main Street

Richfield, Utah

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm -

800 North Main Street

Richfield, Utah


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Born: November 4, 1929
Died: April 18, 2015

Condolences for Verna Jean Criswell

Dallas and JoAnn Coonrod posted on 4/23/15

Aunt Verna, Our world is made deficient by your passing. Our yearly craft sessions cancelled and our trips to the craft stores for supplies. No more joint sewing projects. No more hours of sharing family stories tall or otherwise. We personally will miss your time, talent and sense of humor. Know you are in a much better place sharing your talents and humor with those who preceded you. Cannot imagine how anyone could take your place. You are sincerely missed. JoAnn and Dallas


Jason and Cami Howard posted on 4/23/15

Marty, Lori and family, We are so sorry for your loss. The thoughts and prayers of our family are with you during this time. We love you, Jason and Cami


Sam & MaryAnne posted on 4/22/15

Mom you will forever be in our hearts.... So many wonderful memories we will forever cherish. I will see again....


Stewart posted on 4/22/15

It's disappointing knowing we don't get to enjoy you any longer Verna. I feel very lucky to have spent the time I did with you however. I'm sure you are taking folks quarters in heaven as I type this. ;) RIP


Mary Libro posted on 4/22/15

I love and miss you mom!


Megan posted on 4/22/15

Love you grandma Megan and Steven


Ben and Mary Lou posted on 4/21/15

It's always a sad time when we lose a parent. Our deepest sympathy to your family, and to our dear sister-in-law Donna.


Joel & Sharron Pickett posted on 4/21/15

Vern was a lovely, feisty lady we thoroughly enjoyed meeting, and were looking forward to seeing again. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, in this time of sorrow.


Mike & Donna Ferro posted on 4/21/15

I miss my Mom!


Lenny posted on 4/21/15

Grandma, you will always be our sunshine and forever be in our hearts❤️