Mar 2, 2017 - From staff reportsVirginia "Jenny" Mae Crittenden of Gering, Nebraska, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 26, 2017. She was 93 years old.
Her graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, preceded by a visitation noon to 1 p.m. at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel, also in Scottsbluff.
Tributes of sympathy may be left at dugankramer.com.
She was born Sept. 16, 1923, to John and Lydia (Yekel) Sauer in Jerome, Idaho. She was raised along with six siblings whom she loved dearly. She met Mansel Crittenden at "the store" while living in San Antonio, and they married on April 22, 1948. To that union four children were born: Teddy, Barbara, Mansel and Vicky.
As a military family they lived all over the world before settling in Wyoming after her husband retired from his lifelong military career.
"She could always be found with a big smile on her face and having fun," loved ones said. "She was a proud social butterfly of the American Legion, and VFW Auxillary."
She enjoyed fishing and camping at the lake and card and dice games with her family, cooking, baking, and canning the produce her husband grew in his garden.
"She always looked forward to the Sauer family reunions, and once the polka music started she never left the dance floor," her family said. "Every Christmas she baked treats for what had to have been weeks to give to all of her family members. She will fondly be remembered for these goodies, especially her peanut brittle."
In recent years she could always be found involved in bingo, arts and crafts, and watching her favorite Westerns at Heritage Estates.
"She spent her life being teased by her jokester husband, but as always, had an exceptional sense of humor about it," loved ones recalled. "She most likely was reunited with him as the brunt of a prank to which she would reply, 'Oh you're reaaaal funny, Ted.'
"Virginia lived a life full of love and laughter until the very end," they continued. "Her friendly, outgoing, fun-loving personality will be sorely missed by all that knew her."
She leaves behind sons Ted Crittenden and Mansel Crittenden, daughters Barb (Jack) Hoffman and Vicky (Greg) Podobensky, seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, six siblings, three grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.
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