Carol Sue Crossett, departed this life on April 17, 2012 after a very lengthy battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Carol was born February 28, 1945 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Dr. E.S. Crossett, M.D. and Husta Oth. Her family moved to El Paso in 1954. Carol attended and graduated from Gadsden High School in 1963. She then attended Southern Methodist University where she received a BA in Biology and a BA in Education. She also received a minor in Spanish. After leaving SMU, Carol taught school in Brownsville, T.X. She left teaching and moved back to El Paso where she found a job working at Sun Towers as a lab technician. Carol continued working as a lab technician at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces for 27 years. Earlier in life Carol enjoyed time with her grandmother, Pearl Crossett, while she was active in Renick Chapter No. 37, Order of the Eastern Star. She was named the Worthy Matron of Eastern Star in 1981-1982. Carol was a gentle and kind person who loved all animals, especially her horses. She enjoyed trail riding with many of her loyal friends. Those days were some of her best days of her life. Carol was able to enjoy spending time with her daughter, Tana and her family in San Diego before she could no longer travel. She also enjoyed many conversations with her Dad, her brother John, and the numerous friends and family that came to visit her at her home. Carol was preceded in death by her loving mother, Husta R. Oth and Husta's husband Ray. Carol Sue is survived by her loving daughter, Tana Jean Ortiz, her son-in-law, Manuel Ortiz, (Manny) and her two beautiful grandchildren, Isabella Marina and Zachary Charles all from San Diego, California. She is also survived by her father, Dr. Egbert S. Crossett (Chris) and loving, supportive brother, John A. Crossett (Patricia). A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., at Anthony United Methodist Church, 101 Franklin, in Anthony, Texas, officiated by Francisco Escalera. Immediately following the service, Carol will be laid to rest at the Anthony Community Cemetery, 500 Acosta Road, Anthony, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Carol's name to the Anthony United Methodist Church or the Save Haven Animal Sanctuary in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24. To sign the guest book log on to www.lapaz-grahams.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 19, 2012