Concha “Connie” Cridlebaugh

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Concha “Connie”, “Chum” Cridlebaugh, 76, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 10th , 2020 at her home in Riverside, Missouri. Connie was born on Friday, August 18th, 1944 in Center, Colorado and was raised by Martin and Victoria Almanza of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Connie attended and graduated from Benton High School in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1962. Upon graduation from high school she moved to Kansas City, Missouri and ultimately enrolled in the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Radiological Technology, graduating in 1969. Connie started her radiological technologist career at Children’s Mercy Hospital then transitioned to working at the University of Missouri Dental School. In later years, Connie worked as a medical assistant at a variety of facilities including Gashland Clinic, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Concentra. It is through her work as a radiological technologist and medical assistant that she touched many lives and made lifelong friends.

Connie was proceeded in death by her parents Martin and Victoria (Ortiz) Almanza, her brothers Tommie and George Almanza, sisters Evelyn Soper, Margaret Owens, and Josephine Deaton.

Survivors include her son Phillip (Laura) Cridlebaugh; grandchildren Peyton and Emily Cridlebaugh; son, Sean Cridlebaugh all of Kansas City, Missouri; her brother, Ed (Mary Lou) Almanza, Lawrence, Kansas; her sister, Henrietta Massie, Nashville, Tennessee, her former husband, Lloyd Cridlebaugh, Kansas City, Missouri, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Connie lived a quiet life, was an avid basketball fan, especially KU and could often be found watching as many games as possible during March Madness. She was so very proud of her family and never failed to hug her children and grandchildren, telling them how much she loved them each and every time she saw them. She will be fondly missed.


Arrangements have been made through the Cremation Center of Kansas City with a celebration of Connie’s life being held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Connie’s name to the Special Olympics of Missouri,

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