Ruth Pell-Crites-Cox

Sunday, November 20, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Ruth Ellen Pell-Crites-Cox, 87, of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at her home.

She was born April 7, 1918, in Commerce, Mo., and grew up in Cape Girardeau. She and Joe M. Crites were married in 1942; he died in 1969. She married Bruce Cox in 1980, and he survives.

Pell-Crites-Cox attended Southeast Missouri State Teachers College. She was a relief organist for St. Michael and All Angels, where she also directed the girl's choir. She was a substitute teacher for art, music, French and English.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Cox; two sons, Joseph Allen Crites, Samuel Hutton Pell Crites; three daughters, Georgia Ellen Crites Dixon, Karen Elizabeth Crites Porter, Shelly Lu Crites; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kan.