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Mary Ellen Crudup Alexander


1948 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Mary Ellen Crudup Alexander Obituary
ODESSA Mary Ellen Crudup Alexander was born on May 4, 1948, in Odessa, Texas, into the arms of two loving parents, An Ell and Marvin Crudup.

She attended school in Odessa and graduated from Permian High School in 1966. She continued her education at North Texas, where she received a Bachelors and Masters of Arts, focusing on art education. She taught art at Arlington Heights High School in Ft. Worth. She lost her father, Marvin, at a young age due to medical complications, but it was clear his spirit lived on inside her.

She soon thereafter settled in Kermit, Texas, building the house of her dreams; a pyramid that represented her fascination with the Egyptian art culture. While living in Kermit, she was involved heavily in the community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce board and actively supporting the arts in the West Texas area. She also started the Roy Orbison Pretty Woman Pageant in Wink, an event carried on annually ever since. She was blessed with her son, Seth Chase Alexander, in January of 1986, who is now finishing his PhD. in Chemistry at Yale University. She was the Vice President of Kino Incorporated, a family wholesale oil business started with her parents, and she successfully grew the business into two additional offices in Fredericksburg and San Antonio.

When her family moved to Fredericksburg she not only managed her corporate business, but also reached out in the community and became an important member, actively working to improve the city in which she lived by being involved with the Chamber of Commerce, amongst other volunteering. In 2010, her family business was sold and she retired to Panama to live the dream, where she focused on her art in the beautiful tropical environment of Panama. Even in retirement she has continued to impact those around her in a very positive way. She has helped to launch a close friend in Panama's career in fashion design and was constantly helping those around her however she could make the world better and happier. She was a wonderful daughter, loving mother, faithful wife, and cherished friend, who touched so many people's lives in a very personal and creative way. Her creativity and her artistic style were a unique gift that blessed everyone she knew with joy and happiness each day. On Friday, February 28th, 2014, she passed away due to cardiac complications that had been on-going for some time. Although she has left us physically, her influence and memories will live on eternally through all who knew her. Her death was preceded by her father, Marvin, and brother, Charles Marvin.

She is survived by her son, Seth and his wife Carla; her mother, An Ell; various cousins; and two loving dogs, Kizr and Perl.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Weyant & Rev. Terry Tamplen officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to a in memorial of her. We know she always supported the exposure and education of children in the arts. A charity that supports this endeavor such as the M.D. Anderson Children's Art Project would honor her wishes to see more children exposed and educated in the arts.

Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Published in Odessa American on Mar. 5, 2014
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