Clara Cribb (1924-2013)

Clara Louise Willis Cribb, 88, died at The Blake in Gulf Breeze, FL, Saturday, June 22, 2013. Louise was born in Alexander City, Alabama on December 10, 1924 and lived much of her life in her beloved Alexander City. She was the daughter of the late Milton Russell Willis and Clara Bell Parish Willis. Louise graduated from high school in Alexander City, attended Virginia Intermont College and Auburn University, and graduated from Jacksonville State University. She was the wife of the late Lt. Col. William Jennings Cribb, Jr., a career Army officer, former Benjamin Russell High School principal, and President of Hillabee Brick Company and Cribb Construction Company. During their married life they lived at Camp Sibert/Gadsden, AL; Waycross, GA; Fort McClellan, AL; Edgewood Army Arsenal and Bel Air, MD; Fort Leavenworth, KS; Ankara, Turkey; Falls Church and Arlington, VA. She was a lifelong educator teaching school in Falls Church, VA, Ankara, Turkey and at Alexander City Junior High School, where she taught seventh grade World History from 1965 until 1989. While in Alexander City, she was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Alpha Delta Kappa, several bridge clubs, and the Tuesday Study Club. She was also a Daughter of the Confederacy. Louise, affectionately known as "Moo", was a loving mother and after her retirement, she relocated several times to be near her three daughters and their families. She first moved to Auburn, AL to be with her daughter, the late Clara Ann Cribb Hagan. There, she was active at the Auburn United Methodist Church, the Lee County Retired Teachers Association, and the Auburn Women's Club. In 2004, she moved to Mount Royal Towers in Birmingham, AL to be near her daughter, Karen Elizabeth Cribb Welden, and joined Canterbury United Methodist Church. In 2011, she moved to The Blake in Gulf Breeze, FL to be close to her daughter, Patricia Louise Cribb.

She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Louise Cribb (Andy Murphy) of Pensacola Beach, FL, Karen Cribb Welden (Joey) of Birmingham, AL, and her son-in-law David Hagan of Dadeville, AL; four grandchildren, Heather Hagan, Joseph Welden III (Amanda), Elizabeth Winger (Adam), and Raines Welden, all of Birmingham, AL; six great-grandchildren, Erica Stemler and Lauren Stemler, of Park City, UT, Ward Welden IV, Graham Welden, Fielding Welden, and Jennings Winger, all of Birmingham, AL.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2 pm at the City Cemetery in Alexander City, Alabama. The Reverend Dr. Todd Henderson of the First United Methodist Church of Alexander City will officiate.

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Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City, AL is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 27, 2013

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