Fleeta Carrel (Painter) Crabaugh

1940 ~ 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Fleeta Crabaugh Obituary

Fleeta Carrel “Carol” (Painter) Crabaugh, 83, of Collinsville, OK entered God’s Heavenly Kingdom on January 8th, 2024. Carol was born to Eugene Edward Painter and Ruby Juanita (Evans) Painter on August 6th, 1940 in Pryor Creek, Oklahoma. She was born at the same hospital, in the same room, in the same month as her son Michael, which was a fact that she loved to share. Although raised as a single child until the age of 16, Carol was later joined by her mom Lova Painter, her brothers Danny Wayne McDonald and Garry Lynn McDonald, and sisters Donna (Painter) Phillips, and Lisa (Painter) Fletcher. She was raised in the Bay area of California with her three cousins, Dixie, Jerry, and Marvin Cox (who were more like siblings) and graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1958. After getting married, she traveled extensively to 33 states and 3 provinces of Canada with her husband before settling in Pryor Creek, Oklahoma where she independently raised her two children, Michael and Lora. Carol was a devoted mother and loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally. Carol was a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nationand loved to share knowledge of her Cherokee heritage, as well as stories of her family lineage with others.

Carol was a natural teacher and spent decades of her life as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and teacher assistant at Washington Elementary School in Pryor. She later earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree (with honors) at Northeastern State University in 1986. Her official teaching career began at the Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor and Rogers State University in Claremore where she taught college level reading courses and GED classes. She then relocated to Barstow, California with her daughter, Lora, where she taught both Kindergarten and First Grade. Carol completed her teaching career and retired from the Castleberry School District in River Oaks, Texas where she had earned the honor of being named the district “Teacher of the Year” in 2002. After retiring from service in public education in 2011, Carol moved to Collinsville, Oklahoma to be closer to her
family and grandchildren Megan, Matt and Mason.

Carol was extremely active in her community and enjoyed volunteering at her church, quilting, putting her own twist on recipes to enthusiastically share withothers, and spending quality time with her church friends, former co-workers,and Weight Watchers friends. She proudly attained her wellness goal and was recognized and honored by Weight Watchers as a “lifetime member” while living in Collinsville. Carol had a generous heart and loved to share unique gifts with friends and family, often sending gifts for the sheer joy of making someone else happy. She believed that every day was special and did not wait for a holiday or special event to spread love and joy to others. She faithfully served the Lord throughout her lifetime by acting upon her naturally generous spirit towards others, often volunteering her creative talents and time to both family and friends. Carol was a true prayer warrior and will be remembered for her generous spirit and lifelong devotion to her Heavenly Father. “Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus, Thank you, Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Carol is survived by her son Michael (LeAnn) Crabaugh of Collinsville, OK, her daughter Lora Crabaugh of Bowie, TX, her grandchildren Megan (Zac) Pasco of Collinsville, OK, Matt Crabaugh of Collinsville, OK, Mason Crabaugh of Collinsville, OK, her granddogs Callie, Aria, and Willow Crabaugh of Bowie Texas, her brother Danny (Mary) McDonald of Pryor, OK, her sisters Donna Phillips of Claremore, OK and Lisa Fletcher of Pryor, OK, her cousin Dixie (Ed) Cox-Heineman of Yuba City, CA, numerous nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Carol is preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Ruby Painter, her mom Lova Painter, brother Garry Lynn McDonald, cousins Jerry Cox and Marvin Cox, and her granddog Arabella Crabaugh.

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Celebration of Life
January 12, 2024

10:00 AM
Hopkins-Reynolds Funeral Service
1501 W Main St
Collinsville, OK 74021


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