Gladys E. Criswell

March 11, 1918 - September 27, 2015

03/11/1918 - 09/27/2015

Past Services

Thursday October 01, 2015
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Friday October 02, 2015
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Holly Memorial Gardens
P.O. Box 36
Colerain, OH 43916
740-546-3351 | Directions
Friday October 02, 2015
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions

Gladys E. Criswell, 97, of St. Clairsville, OH died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Park Health Center.  She was born March 11, 1918 in Meadow Fork, WV a daughter of the late Homer and Beatrice Adkins Burgess.

Gladys was a homemaker and a member of East Richland Evangelical Friends Church, Women’s Association of Friends Church and a US Navy Veteran of WWII.  She was an avid crocheter and quilt maker with her work being shown all over the Ohio Valley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 72 years,  Charles R. “Cris” Criswell…

Surviving are one daughter, Deanna (Wallace) Major of Bellaire, OH; three grandsons, Matthew Wayne Major of Bellaire, Russell Lee (Michelle) Major of Wheeling, WV and Wallace Edward Major of St. Clairsville; a great-granddaughter, Allison; a brother, Paul O. (Marla) Burgess of Sikeston, MO; a special cousin, Dr. Terri Riddiford; a special niece, Gloria Brinkmeier; a special nephew, Karl Resnik; several other nieces and nephews and Deanna’s dear friend, Elaine Patt.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home 204 West Main Street St. Clairsville where services will be held Friday at 11 am with Rev. Jerry Wenger officiating.  Entombment will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Pleasant Grove, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to East Richland Friends Christian School.

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Carolyn Lee Brown
8 years ago

Deanna I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy. I remember your mom fondly. Lots of memories from Grand Ave. Shadyside. May G-d help you through this time.

Janice Mullett-Stuckey
8 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss Mrs. Major. Thinking of you and your family during this time. Sending love your way.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Gladys E. Criswell, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

US Navy WW II Veteran, Gladys E. Criswell, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

carol cassidy
8 years ago

dear Deanna and family. so sorry for your loss. in my heart and prayers. god be with you in your time of sorrow, love carol

Barbara Hartline-Cole
8 years ago

Deanna, sorry for your loss. I remember her & Chris well. It’s hard to see your parents pass.