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Lois Jeanette Crites

April 6, 1935 — June 1, 2023


Lois came into this world in Friona Texas on April 6, 1935, blessing E.L. (Fat) & Sue Elliott with their first child.  She passed away at her daughter’s home after a short but valiant struggle with congestive heart failure.

The Elliott family, now with the addition of her brother Marvin (Dena), moved to Colorado in 1938.  Lois lived in Montezuma County the rest of her life including stints in Mildred, Roundup (owned by her dad during WWII), Lebanon, and Cortez during which time she helped with the family business (Navajo Butane) & owned and ran Country Boy Antiques. She was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest child – Russell (2016). 

She married Vern Crites in 1955 and was blessed with two children – Lois LaDawn and Russell Don.  She is survived by her daughter – LaDawn Rogers (Les) and their six children (6 grands) – Tyrel Rogers (Sharon), Adelia Lanyon (Chad), Jared Rogers (Martha Ann), Gabriel Rogers (Donna), Daniel Rogers, & ShaLeah Fish; and her daughter-in-law Twyla Crites and her three children (9 grands), Ben Crites (Marnita), Katie Soto (Juan) & Byron Crites (Kenzie).

She enjoyed traveling, cruises, antiques, yard sales and grandkids who she loved dearly.  She loved the mountains, mushroom hunting, and campfire coffee.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 7, 2023 at the Lewis Arriola Community Center, 21203 Road S, Cortez, CO 81321.

Donations – Montezuma County Hospice ( or Lewis Arriola Community Center (


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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Lewis Arriola Community Center

21203 Road S, Cortez, CO 81321

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