Sammie Krutsinger (87) of Kerrville, Tex., formerly of Kinmundy

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Published on April 5 2013 4:50 pm

Sammie Krutsinger, 87, of Kerrville, Texas, formerly of Kinmundy, Illinois, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8:10 p.m. in Kerrville.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11am at Brown Christian Church, Kinmundy, with burial in Elder Cemetery, Kinmundy.  Visitation will be from 6-8pm Wednesday at Neal Funeral Home in Kinmundy.  Memorials to American Cancer Society, Brown Christian Church or Kinmundy EMTs.

She was born April 3, 1936 in Stuart, Oklahoma, the daughter of Otis and Ova Elwood.  With close ties to Texaco, her family followed the oil boom and moved to Salem, Illinois early in her life.  She married Harlas Krutsinger on November 8, 1965.  She became mother to Harlas' three children and they were blessed with a son a few years later.  The Krutsingers lived in the Alma, Salem and Kinmundy areas, running a small grocery store east of Kinmundy for many years.  Sammie worked at Bryan Manor in Salem for many years and was also a volunteer EMT in the Kinmundy area.  Sammie loved to sing gospel songs and was a member of Brown Christian Church where she had many cherished friends.  In 2004, she moved to Kerrville, Texas.

Survivors include her son Russell Krutsinger and wife Phebe of Flora...stepchildren, Garry Krutsinger and wife Pam of Vandalia, Norman Krutsinger and wife Cathy of Kerrville, Texas, and Dena Ruffin and husband Ricky of Humble, Texas...one sister, Virginia Pennington and brothers, Bill Elwood and wife Sue and Terry Elwood of Salem...11 grandchildren...18 great-grandchildren...and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents...her husband...one sister, Mattie Lou Stonecipher...and one sister-in-law, Linda Elwood.

Sammie was an amazing woman who leaves a legacy of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her simply as Grandma or Granny.  Though no family blood united them, she bragged about their accomplishments with the utmost pride and love and she will be missed by many.  Stepchildren Garry, Norman and Dena take great comfort in knowing that as Sammie entered Heaven, she was greeted by their mother, Eileen.  Eileen wanted her children to study and work hard and to be good-hearted people.  Harlas and Sammie made her dreams come true.