Lorraine Echols (1925 - 2014)

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Echols, Lorraine "Crickett" Cranfill Born on April 23, 1925 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was the adopted, only child of Dudley and Viola Thorla Zenor. She died at Arden Courts in Richardson, Texas on June 14, 2014 at the age of 89. Crickett grew up in Winnfield, Louisiana and later attended David Lipscomb High School in Nashville, TN and Abilene Christian College, where she met her husband, Donald Eric Cranfill. They married on July 25, 1944, lived in Abilene, TX and had three daughters, Donna, Glenna, and Carla. Don and Crickett moved to Austin in 1951 and were active members of the Highland Village Church of Christ. Crickett worked for the Texas Homebuilders Association and later for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Associates, where she retired after 20 years. She was active in the PTA, Capitol City Investment Club and worked tirelessly as a church elder's wife. After retiring, they moved to Marble Falls, TX to be close to Don's two brothers and their wives. Crickett had the gift of hospitality. The Cranfill home was constantly the center of church parties, weekend guests, school get-togethers, and holiday gatherings. Don and Crickett loved to entertain and travel, and rarely did either without the company of their family and friends. They were married for 50 years before Don's death in 1996. In 1998 Crickett married Eldred Echols of North Richland Hills, TX, whom she had known as a teenager. They enjoyed 6 years together, traveling to Africa, Europe, and destinations across the US. Crickett was a devoted wife and mother who was the center of her family's world. She was dearly loved by everyone who knew her, especially her grandchildren, and she will be deeply missed. Crickett was predeceased by her parents, her daughter, Donna Cranfill Hughes, and her husbands Don Cranfill and Eldred Echols. She is survived by her daughters Glenna Hawkins of Dallas, TX (Bubba Hawkins) and Carla Fisher of Austin, TX (Johnny Fisher). She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Amy Hughes Sturgeon of Nashville, TN (Clay), Brian Hughes of Dallas, TX (Jenevieve), Brent Hughes of Dallas, TX (Erika), Laura Hawkins Hollingsworth of Dallas, TX (Richard), Scott Hawkins of Texico, NM (Britney), Shannon Fisher Arnett of Austin, TX (Rick), Ryan Fisher of Austin, TX (Cassie), and 17 great-grandchildren. The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of Arden Courts of Richardson for their care and concern for Crickett's care the past 3 years. A celebration of her life will be held at the Mausoleum Chapel of Cook Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:00 am. Visitation will at the same location immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Central Texas Children's Home, the Eldred Echols Memorial Fund or the . Central Texas Children's Home, 13200 Crane Rd., Buda, TX 78610 Eldred Echols Memorial Fund, c/o Richland Hills Church of Christ, 6300 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. Please visit Crickett's memorial at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com. Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home and Cemeteries 512.251.4118

Published in Dallas Morning News on June 17, 2014
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