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Wanda Critchlow

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Wanda Critchlow, age 96, died at 2:38 p.m. July 17, 2012, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston, Mo.

She was born Wanda Fern Radcliffe on Novem-ber 6, 1915, near Matt-hews, Mo., to Frank and Bertha Evans Radcliffe. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Matthews High School.

On April 8, 1939, in Sikeston, she married William C. Critchlow, also from Matthews, and then a medical student at St. Louis University. During World War II they lived on the coasts of Oregon and Washington where Dr. Critchlow served in the Army and she took care of their two sons. Following the war and further medical training, the family moved to Sikeston. Here she made a warm and loving home and raised their five children, along with several of their friends.

She was also a member of the Eastern Star and was a life-long member of the Christian Church, being very active in the Sikeston church as long as she was able to attend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years; and her sister, Barbara Proffer.

She is survived by five children, Dr. Jim (and Diane) Critchlow of Dexter, Mo., Joe (and Barbara) Critchlow of Houston, Tx., Dr. Tom (and Tonya) Critchlow of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Dr. Mike Critchlow of Sikeston, and Debbie Critchlow York and Jay York of Dexter; and by 17 grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Ponder Funeral Home on Friday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21. The Rev. Mary McCord, pastor of First Christian Church will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery at Sikeston.