Avalon M. Craig, April 11, 1920 — March 21, 2014, of Columbia

Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 6:12 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 23, 2014

COLUMBIA — Avalon M. Craig, 93, of Columbia, MO, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014.

Avalon was born April 11, 1920, in Bowling Green, MO to Herschel and Lola V. Moore. She graduated from Louisiana, MO High School and began her employed life working for Stark Brothers Nursery in Louisiana, MO. She married Wilfred S. Craig in 1944 and moved to Elgin, TX. After WWII, they moved to Columbia, MO and then to Ames, IA, and after 25 years, back to Columbia.

Avalon worked at First Methodist Church as secretary while in Ames, IA and also typed thesis papers for many graduate students at Iowa State. She was secretary for the Dean of the Veterinarian School and secretary for the Extension in Columbia.

She loved her church and her quilting group at Community Methodist Church and attended faithfully until her health failed.

She moved to the Terrace Apartments and lived there until she had to move in with her daughter and son-in-law four years ago.

Avalon is survived by daughter, Joyce Wright (Ed) of Weston, MO; sons: Philip Craig (Harlene) of Columbia, MO and Maurice Craig of Las Cruces, NM; four grandchildren: Brian Overton (Tina) of Hallsville, MO, Jimmy and Jason Wright of Weston, MO, and Jennifer Rigdon (Jerod) of Caney, KS; six great grandchildren: Abbey and Brady Wright, Kole, Bryleigh and Thane Rigdon, and Kendall Overton; two sisters: Laura Belle Turpin of Louisiana, MO and Sarah Delores (Don) Vaughn of Independence, MO, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Herschel Moore, and her husband, Wilfred S. Craig.

Avalon was surrounded by her family upon her death and is at peace with God and family in Heaven.

There will be a visitation from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Memorial Funeral Home, with funeral ceremony to follow at 11:30 am. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery immediately after the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, or to Community Methodist Church.

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