Mary passed away at Calhoun Convalescent Center, St. Matthews S.C., on April 19, 2022, of natural causes at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her husband Pricey Winston (P.W.) Craven, Jr. P.W was the love of her life and they married on November 5, 1950. She was also preceded in death by her son, John Winston Craven, her sister, Miriam Varnadore, and her sister-in-law, Irene Craven Murphy. Mary is survived by her sister Johnette Holman Smoak (Lang Smoak).
Mary and P.W. Craven had five children; Marsha Diane Martinez (Dennis Martinez), John Winston Craven (deceased) (Doris Craven), Mary Julia Barkenhagen (Dean Barkenhagen), Wesley Albert Craven (Linda Craven), and Dena Evelyn Gillam (Kenneth Gillam). Mary has eight beloved grandchildren, Christopher, Kathy, Jennifer, Caroline, Meghan, Wyatt, Cole, and Ryan, and many wonderful great-grandchildren.
Mary was a loving and understanding wife, and enjoyed traveling with her husband to many locations over his span of military service; each time making a safe and loving home for her family over the years.
Mary lived her life to the fullest by spending time with her family and church. Her home was the gathering place for holidays and special occasions; because to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, no matter where they were physically located, Mom was their home.
Those whose life Mary has touched are invited to Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, 1012 Whitman Street, Orangeburg from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on April 22, 2022, to support each other and to remember her.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Sunnyside Cemetery, Summers Ave, Orangeburg. Pastor Rick Watts will be officiating.
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