Anna Marie (French) Craig

October 22, 1930 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Anna Craig Obituary

Anna Marie Craig, took her first breath on October 22, 1930, in New Castle, IN, and she graced us with her loving presence until December 13, 2023. Anna Marie was a person of the earth: a devoted farmer, a meticulous gardener, a keen bird-watcher. Her life was a testament to the simple beauty found in the ebb and flow of the seasons, the growth and decay of the earth. Wendell Berry once said: “The earth is what we all have in common,” and Anna Marie embodied that connection in every facet of her life.

Anna Marie’s journey began with her parents, Ben and Lillian French, who instilled in her a love for the land that would shape her future. From her birthplace of New Castle, she moved to Farmland, Indiana, where she spent her days tending to the Craig family farm alongside her late husband, Lester Craig. Their life was not just about tilling the soil; it was about nurturing love and cultivating a close-knit family. Anna Marie’s legacy lives on in her children: Marsha Whitesell (m. Al), Dianne Wallace (m. Woody), Brenda Hiatt (m. Mike), Sharon Howell (m. Terry), Carol Hathaway (m. Mike), Nancy Craig (m. Tammy), Bill Craig (m. Byron), Gerry Craig (m. Barb), and Duane Craig (m. Betsy). She also leaves behind her siblings, Charles French (m. Judy), Dorothy Johnson, and Marjorie Hodson, along with her sister-in-law, Von. Anna will forever be remembered by her multiple grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces, and her beloved pets. She was also preceded in death by a son, Larry; a granddaughter, Dawn Marie Craig; a brother, David French; two brothers-in-law, Garnett Hudson and John Johnson.

After graduating from Mt. Summit High School in 1948, Anna Marie’s dedication to her community led her to a 28-year career in the cafeteria at Monroe Central High School. Anna Marie’s personal qualities that left an indelible mark. Her love for gardening was not just about sowing seeds in the soil, but also about planting love and kindness in the hearts of those she met. Her love for birds was a symbol of her free spirit, her ability to find joy in the simplest of pleasures. In the words of Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,” and Anna’s hope, resilience, and love will continue to inspire us.

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Celebration of Life
December 19, 2023

10:00 AM
Wilson-Shook Funeral and Cremation Center
2048 N. 1000 W.
Parker City, IN 47368


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