Carol Ann Fritts, 67, a long time resident of Columbus, passed from this life surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a long and extraordinarily courageous battle with cancer.
Carol was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 19, 1949, to her loving parents, Joseph and Marion York.
She is survived by her father and sisters, Brenda Bergfelder, Sherry (Ronald) Nelson and Linda York, all of whom live in St. Louis, Missouri.
Her death was preceded by her husband, Orie C. Fritts, whom she married on Nov. 25, 1967. They spent 38 years together.
Carol’s family was the joy of her life. She was a devoted mother to her sons, Joseph Orie (Alison) Fritts of Elizabethtown, Kevin Lee Fritts of Columbus and Jeffrey Allen Fritts of Columbus; and daughter, Dawn Marie (Michael) McGraw of Noblesville, all four survive.
She was grandmother to Joel Houston Fritts, Anna Grace Fritts, Ruth Anne Fritts, Gideon Jeffrey Fritts, Noah Joseph Fritts, Titus Daniel Fritts, Naomi Mae Fritts and Elizabeth Marie Fritts, all of Elizabethtown. She also was grandmother to Kathryn Olivia McGraw and Joshua Michael McGraw, both of Noblesville. All 10 grandchildren survive.
Besides her first love of spending time with family, Carol’s faith was her foundation as she was a long-time member of Parkside Baptist Church. She expressed herself through her intricate artwork, crafts, cards and journaling, which she gifted generously to her loved ones. Carol had a passion for music and could often be heard filling the home with her singing. She loved yellow roses and flourished while hosting her family during the holidays.
In honor of her love for Christ and her son, Jeffrey, memorials may be made to Parkside Baptist Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
A home going celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkside Baptist Church with Dr. William E. Bailey and the Rev. Kevin L. Fritts officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Home on Washington Street and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at barkesweaveglick.com.