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

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

  • May you find peace in the memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ali was the sweetest person and she will be missed.

  • You will always be remembered as a fun loving person, & wonderful mother, & grandmother. I will always remember our first meeting, when we moved in just down the way, and Clint decided to run through our sliding glass door. Best & Worst first encounter ever, as we got introduced to you & Mark, & our kids have remained BFF’s all this time, but it cost Clint a bruised/bloody nose. I want to thank you for all the times we were able to girl talk/mom talk, and the dancing. I will miss you, Ali.

  • I never met a woman with such passion and devotion for her husband, family and grandchildren. She loved them all with everything she had!
    I worked with Ali at Kroger Distribution Center for many years.
    Never once did I hear her complain about anything and would help out wherever she was needed.
    She was a warrior to the end.
    RIP dear friend.

  • Mark & Family,
    Ali truly was the life of the party. She loved her family and friends fiercely. It is rare to find a friend so genuine and with such a big heart.
    Please accept my sincere condolences. May God bless you and bring you comfort during this difficult time.
    Renee, Charles, and Jordan Lupi

  • The loss of a spose is like no other Mark Iam so sorry you have to begin this journey if you need a safe place to to just let go without judgement or eords or need a friend anything reach out it will be a year for me in Oct prayers my friend

  • Ali, Corrissa and I was so blessed to have you in our lives. I’m so glad we stayed connected through Facebook. Screaming Willie’s brought so many of us together through music and dancing. I know you’ll be dancing in heaven and God will hold your hand. We will all miss you! ❤
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mark!🙏

  • It’s hard to imagine Aleatha being gone. We’ve been friends since we were teenagers. Loved when you all would stop by the office and say hi while in Clinton (Mo). That will be missed as she will be missed as well. I can’t even imagine how you all are handling this. I am truly sorry for your loss. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • It’s also incredibly uplifting seeing so many people come forth to myself and the rest of the family, thank u so much from the bottom of my heart…
    My mother is dancing with Elvis and doing shots with patsy cline and conway right now, hugging grandma and gramp and of course talking about the kids and the grand babies.

    Thank u all sincerely

  • Sending prayers of comfort and peace. I knew Ali from dancing and I adored her bright personality, her quick smile and laugh. My heart goes out to all of you. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

  • My sincerest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person as Ali was to her husband Mark, and children Mike, Justin, Danni, Clint, and Sam. We met at Northmor’s many school activities, and though our children’s who were great friends. My Em, and Jamie, and tag along lil brother Eric, and sister Kristen were always among the welcomed in your second mother like nature as our kids were play in your home, the yard, and even in the streets of our closed community in Candlewood. I remember knocking on your door too many times, in search of a child…Jamie…who would wonder from gate D in the back, to the front side (now gate F)…Funny, how Jamie
    bought a home a few house up the road, returning to his wondering spot. Your were mother to many, and loved by all. You will be missed, and when we meet again, make room for us all to dance and enjoy a good bon fire. God Bless you, and we’ll watch out for your family until such time time we meet up in that beautiful heaven.

  • Mark and family, we are so sad and shocked to learn of Ali’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you adjust to this place without her big presence.

  • There are no words that have not been spoken to describe who Ali was and what she meant to those around her. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a collogue and friend. Thoughts and prayers to the family. She will be missed.

  • The world has lost one of the most beautiful souls it had too offer. She touched the life of everyone she came in contact with, like a magic fairy dust of positivity she just invisibly sprinkled in her wake. She would laugh and probly eye roll maybe make a gagging sound if she knew I said that, because she didn’t even realize the influence she had on us all. For her it was always look ahead, and if the world knocked you down, you got right back up, and soldiered on! The world knocked her down for the last time, and she will rise up and soldier on for all those that she loved, from the heavens. We will remember her always. You are all in our thoughts and prayers of strength.

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