Avalon M. Craig loved her church, quilting group

Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 6:44 p.m. CDT; updated 6:34 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 24, 2014

COLUMBIA — Avalon M. Craig of Columbia died Friday, March 21, 2014. She was 93.

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

Mrs. Craig worked at First Methodist Church as a secretary while in Ames and also typed thesis papers for many graduate students at Iowa State. She was a secretary for the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and for MU Extension in Columbia.

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

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

Mrs. Craig is survived by daughter, Joyce Wright, and her husband, Ed, of Weston; sons: Philip Craig and his wife, Harlene, of Columbia, and Maurice Craig of Las Cruces, N.M.; four grandchildren: Brian Overton and wife, Tina, of Hallsville, Jimmy and Jason Wright of Weston, and Jennifer Rigdon and husband, Jerod, of Caney, Kan.; 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 and husband, Don Vaughn, of Independence, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Her brother, Herschel Moore, and her husband, Wilfred S. Craig, died before.

Mrs. Craig's family was with her when she died.

There will be a visitation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65203, with funeral ceremony to follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery immediately after the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202, or to Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.

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