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Oda Kay Crocker

Posted on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.

Aug. 24, 1933 - Feb. 13, 2013

ELKHART — Ms. Oda Kay Crocker, 79, of Elkhart, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1933, in Manchester, Tenn., to the late Edgar L. and Ruby C. (Duke) Freeze.

Also preceding her in death were a brother, Leighton Freeze; and a sister, Helen Elrod.

Surviving are her companion of 41 years, Joe E. Reese, who survives at home; sons Thomas A. “Tommy” (Vickie) Crocker of Bristol, Charles E. “Eddie” Crocker of McMinnville, Tenn., and Jeffery L. “Jeff” Crocker of Elkhart; brothers B. Harvey (Mary “Liz”) and Samuel “Sam” Freeze, both of Elkhart and Terry Freeze of Indian Rock, Fla.; sisters Edna Moss of Taylor, Mich., Betty (Bob) Nelson of Westland, Mich., and Faye (Harold) Johns of Wyandotte, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at the Riverview General Baptist Church, 1201 E. Indiana Ave., Elkhart, with viewing beginning at 11 a.m. followed by the funeral at 1 p.m. Pastor Rick Pirtle will officiate and burial will follow services at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Billings Funeral Home in Elkhart.

Kay worked at Needlecraft Industries in Elkhart for nearly 30 years. She also enjoyed working with elderly shut-ins as an in-house caregiver for the past five years as well.

Memorials may be given to the United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.

Online condolences can reach the family at www.billingsfuneralhome.com.