Juanita “Nita” Criswell, 86, of Olton, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, in Lubbock. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Olton with Rev. Sammy Espinosa and Brother Tom Carter officiating. Interment followed at Olton Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors.
Nita was born Oct. 27, 1932, in Olton, to Henry and Mary (Clark) Miller. She graduated from Olton High School in 1950 and on Feb. 6, 1952, Nita married Frank L. Criswell in Louisiana. She was a bookkeeper for McFadden Grain for over 15 years and volunteered at Runningwater Draw Care Center for many years. Nita enjoyed cooking, baking and working in her yard. Nita was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church in Olton and taught Sunday School and served in every way she could for her church family.
Nita was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L Criswell; her parents, Henry and Mary Miller; two sisters, Linnie Prudence Donald and Lela May Hackler; three brothers, Billy M. Miller, David M. Miller and Jimmy R. Miller; and a son-in-law, Johnny Smith.
Survivors include her four daughters, Brenda Smith of Lubbock, Judy L. Criswell of Lubbock, Susie Trusty and husband, Terry of Lubbock, and Melody L. Machen and husband Wade of Lubbock; one brother, Lonnie Miller of Rochester, MN; and two sisters, Mary Nell Bleeker of Muleshoe and Josephine Shull of Amarillo; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1081, Olton, TX 79064 or Ceta Canyon, 37201 FM 1721, Happy, TX 79042.