Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Houston First Baptist Church

Carol Ann Crest, 79, of Houston, Mo., passed away Sept. 12, 2017, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, Mo. She was born Sept. 2, 1938, in San Jose, Calif., to George and Winsome Bell (Smith) McClelland.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Crest on Nov. 14, 2008; and a grandson, Mike Willfond.

Carol grew up in Mtn. View, Calif., and graduated from Mtn. View High School. She married Charles Crest on Dec. 27, 1959, and to this union four children were born, Mark, Michael, Denise and Valarie. Being a military wife, they were stationed in California, Tennessee and Missouri, settling in Missouri in 1976. Carol worked as a bank teller at Union Planters Bank in Sikeston and Rolla for many years.

She was a faithful member of the Houston First Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. Carol was a devoted volunteer at the Houston Senior Center, helping out wherever needed.

She is survived by her children, Mark Crest and wife, Geyvon, from Corning, Ark., Michael Crest from Denver, Colo., Denise Gilhaus and husband, Gary, from Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Valarie Morning from Houston, Mo.; a sister, Arden Parrott and husband, Leo (Fred), of Sunnyville, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Carol loved her cat, crocheting, watching the hummingbirds, but mostly she loved her family and her grandbabies. She was such a sweet soul and loved her family above all else. Carol was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday, September 15, 2017, at Houston First Baptist Church with Pastor Russ Stigall officiating. Burial will be in Bloomfield Missouri Veterans Cemetery with Pastor Dave Conley officiating. Pallbearers were Stephen Gilhaus, Kyle Gilhaus, Gary Gilhaus, Bob Bryson, Ronnie Bryson and Taylor Bryson. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Houston Senior Center, in her honor. Go to to send an online condolence.


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