Pamela Ann Defrates-Criswell
Pamela Ann Defrates-Criswell
  • September 11, 1948 - October 1, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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De Frates-Criswell, Pamela Ann
Pamela Ann De Frates-Criswell, 69, of Phoenix, Arizona, peacefully passed away October 1, 2017, after a lengthy illness. She was born September 11, 1948 in Burbank, California, to Alvin and Marion Coleman De Frates, one of seven siblings. She moved to Phoenix in 1956 and graduated from Central High School in 1966. She married Dennis Gilbertsen in 1967, later divorced, and married Daniel Criswell in 1998, deceased in 2016. She was employed in elementary schools and care facilities as a kitchen manager and later in real estate. A skilled artist and crafter, she was equally at home creating in paint and pen, also accomplished at collage and beading. Devoted mother and grandmother, her children were her greatest joy: daughters Jennifer Lynn Kupiszewski and Cheryl Ann Gilbertsen, and grandchildren Michael, Andrew, Alexis, and Airleigh. She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Nancy and Margaret. She is survived by her brothers Jim, Dan, Steven, and Damon. There will be no services: a simple celebration of her life will take place on November 4th at her brother's home in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation in her name to the Sojourner Center. Please visit to leave condolences for Pamela's family.