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Cornelia Cardwell Criswell, 91

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Mrs. Matilda Cornelia Cardwell Criswell, age 91, a resident of Columbia and Lebanon, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2010, at Rosewood Manor in Columbia. Private interment will be conducted by Partlow Funeral Chapel at Cedar Grove Cemetery with immediate family attending.

A celebration service honoring Mrs. Criswell’s life will be held on Saturday, February 13 at Highland Heights Church of Christ, 505 North Cumberland Street. The family will receive friends at the church at 9:30 a.m. with the service following at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Highland Heights Church of Christ library fund.

Mrs. Criswell, daughter of the late Robert E. and Mattie Woods Cardwell, was born on April 4, 1918, and lived in Lebanon until the last few months of her life. In 1936 she married her husband, John Henry Criswell, who passed away in 1980. Mrs. Criswell cared for children in her home for many years.  A founding member of Highland Heights Church of Christ, she loved people and enjoyed hosting dinner parties in her home. She composed poetry, skits, and short stories, with which she entertained both young and old. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a special aunt and uncle, Willie Woods Rutledge and Howard Rutledge, sisters Mrs. Allie Bonner, Mrs. Mary Elmore, Mrs. Ruth Edmiston and brother Robert Caldwell.                       .

Survivors include her son, James H. Criswell (Marynelle) of Columbia, grandchildren Karen Criswell Heard (Stephen) of Canton, GA, and John. Michael Criswell of Columbia; great-grandchildren Dillon Criswell Heard, Charles Jesse Heard, and Gracie Mac Heard of Canton, GA, niece Bobbie Montgomery of Lebanon, nephew Gene Ligon (Nancy) of Hendersonville and other nieces and nephews.
In addition to family survivors are devoted friends, Dayton Jamison, Michael and Stacy Grooms, Tom and Pat Kolby – all of Lebanon and the members of the “Birthday Club.”

The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Alexander Badru of Lebanon and Hartsville, and the staff at Rosewood Manor in Columbia. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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