Aleatha “Ali” Crose
January 23, 1970 ‒ September 12, 2021
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Aleatha “Ali” Crose, age 51, of Mount Gilead, passed away at her home, Sunday, September 12, 2021.
On January 23, 1970, Ali was born in Clinton, Missouri, a daughter of Audrey (Redford) Pugh and William L. Smith. She graduated from high school in El Centro, California, and later furthered her education by receiving her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Ali proudly served her country as a medic in the U.S. Navy.
While having a drink in a Navy bar, Ali met the love of her life, Mark Allen Crose. They were married on October 16, 1995 in Washington and shared the last 25 wonderful years together as husband and wife.
For many years, Ali worked as a customer service manager for Wal-Mart and then held several positions in the receiving department for the Kroger Distribution Center. She was a very dedicated worker and made sure to take care of those she worked with.
Ali loved to go out and have a good time. She was normally the center of attention and life of the party. She was quite a people person and had to be around family and friends at all times. She enjoyed an evening at the bar with friends, having a few drinks, and dancing all night. She was usually in charge of organizing parties, whether at her place or somewhere else, and especially enjoyed a nice bonfire at home.
Above anything else, family was the most important thing to Ali. She would do absolutely anything for those she loved. She cherished time spent with her children and spoiled her grandchildren rotten. She gave her all to everybody and was very good at pushing her children in all of the right ways for success. No matter how old her children got, she continuously had that special role of “mom.”
Ali will be remembered as a caring, energetic woman who loved people. She lived by the motto “Ask for forgiveness rather than permission” and it was always “her way or the highway.”
Ali will be dearly missed by her husband, Mark, of Mount Gilead; five children: Michael (Kaelani) Smith, Justin (Jennifer Rettig) McCray, Dannielle (Jeffrey Krall) Davis, Clint (Sierra) Crose, Samuel (Makaylia) Crose; five grandchildren: Keigon Neal, Elisabetta Lewis, Emmaneuel Lewis, Aiyden Crose, Zanuel Crose; her mother, Audrey Pugh; her father, William Smith; three brothers: Jeremy (Candy) Smith, Matthew Pugh, Caleb Smith; her uncle, Ronnie (Wanda) Redford, five nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Pugh Jr.; and her grandparents: Sam and Jane Smith and Doris and Chester Redford.
Ali’s family will greet friends beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 North State St. # 26, Westerville, OH 43081.
Memorial contributions in Ali’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ali’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.