Velma Hodgson Criddle, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away August 17, 2015. She was born in Syracuse, Utah, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934. She was the youngest of five children born to Lawrence and Vera Briggs Hodgson.
Velma married her high school sweetheart, Howard Criddle, on September 20, 1951, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They shared a sweet love story that endured nearly 64 years.
She was educated in the Davis County School District and devoted 35 years of her life working long, hard hours in the school lunch program. She was an excellent cook, maybe the best ever, and renowned for her Homemade Chocolates. You knew you were loved if you received her candy! Cooking was her first love, but she also loved flowers, gardening, crocheting, camping, traveling and the outdoors.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a compassionate heart and lived a life of service, providing comfort and many meals to those in need.
Her greatest joy was her family. Her happiest moments were when the family was all together. She is survived by her husband, Howard Criddle; children Larry (Annette) Criddle of Centerville, Utah, and Marilyn (Kelly) Eves of St. George, Utah; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Shirma (Golden) Waite of Syracuse, Utah.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Roy; and sisters Dorean and Lola.
- Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. in the Syracuse LDS 1st Ward Chapel, located at 700 S. 2500 West, Syracuse.
- A visitation will be Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, located at 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, and Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the chapel.
- Interment will be in the Syracuse City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. Visit the Metcalf Mortuary website for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Spring Gardens Assisted Living (Memory Care) and Alliance Hospice workers for the tender care given to Velma.