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In Memory of

Jane Carolyn Craig

November 7, 1923 - November 21, 2016

Obituary


Jane Carolyn Craig died on November 21, 2016 in Midland at the age of 93.

She was born November 7, 1923 to Claude Porter and Ethel Maude (Peg) King in Springfield, Missouri. Upon her father's transfer with Frisco Railway, she moved with her family at age 16 to the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Missouri. Her father's position as a senior executive with the railroad afforded her the opportunity to travel throughout North America and Mexico.

Upon her graduation from Webster Groves High School, she attended Washington University in St....

Jane Carolyn Craig died on November 21, 2016 in Midland at the age of 93.

She was born November 7, 1923 to Claude Porter and Ethel Maude (Peg) King in Springfield, Missouri. Upon her father's transfer with Frisco Railway, she moved with her family at age 16 to the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Missouri. Her father's position as a senior executive with the railroad afforded her the opportunity to travel throughout North America and Mexico.

Upon her graduation from Webster Groves High School, she attended Washington University in St. Louis and then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Spanish. Her love of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture remained with her throughout her life.

During World War II, she worked at the Army Air Corps chart plant in St. Louis updating maps of China. In 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Charles Wallace (Wally) Craig, at First Presbyterian Church in Webster Groves. Following Wally's career path at Shell Oil Company, they lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Paducah, Kentucky, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Westfield, New Jersey, and New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans, Carol was a Den Mother for her sons' Cub Scout den. The family moved to Midland in 1960 when Johnny Starr offered Wally a position as a VP and manager of Fidelity Oil Company, the biggest Shell jobbership in Texas at the time. The decision to move to Texas was announced to their children while a foot of water stood in their living room during a typical New Orleans tropical storm. Carol, missing the rolling green hills of Missouri, cried upon the family's arrival in the flat, dusty, cactus-strewn Permian Basin. However, Carol soon pulled herself together and began to thrive in her new home where she became involved in many community activities. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, an assistant leader for her daughter's Girl Scout troop, served as president for both the PTA and the Pi Beta Phi alumnae chapter, tutored at Casa de Amigos, volunteered for the Friends of the Library, and was an active member of the Theunis Dey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wally; her parents; and her sister, Mary Katherine King Gray.

She is survived by her children, Mark Craig of Houston, Texas and his wife, Christy, Wallace Craig of Midland and his fiancée, Carolyn Hobby, and Susan Craig Mahoney of Midland; her grandchildren, Dan Mahoney of Washington, D.C., and Katie and Claire Craig of Houston; and step-granddaughter, Jennifer Vallone of Houston.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Midland on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm.