Originally created 06/26/04

Mrs. Mary Craven (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga.- Mary O. Craven, a resident of Augusta for more than 50 years died June 24, 2004 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. She was 84. Mrs. Craven, formerly Mary O'Delle Brunson of Sumter, South Carolina, married Grover O. Craven, Sr. an Army corporal, August, 1941, after he enlisted and before the attack on Pearl Harbor, in High Point, North Carolina, his hometown. Like most Army soldiers at the time, he was soon deployed to the European Theater of Operations where he served in England and Belgium. He returned 2 years later to meet his son, Grover, Jr. for the first time. Mrs. Craven was content to live life as an Army wife, accompanying her husband, to Japan and in 1960, France, their last Army assignment before his retirement in the grade of master sergeant in 1962 and return to Augusta, Georgia, where they kept their home. Her husband died in 1994, and she had her own chronic health problems. Her family described her as an exceptionally dedicated, religious woman, . . . devoted to her friends and neighbors. She was an avid gardener, tending her prized and bountiful fig and pear trees, popular with local friends who received much of the fruit as gifts from her. In addition to her sons, Grover (Sonny), Jr. of Cooper City, Florida, a retired Army colonel and former college dean, and Michael, an award winning commercial photographer, known particularly for his photographic food art, of Charleston, South Carolina, she is survived by her daughter-in-law, Sara, her grandson, Jon Scott Craven, a TV producer with the Warner Brothers television station affiliate in Hollywood, Florida, his wife, Elizabeth and their infant daughter, Jessica, Mary's great-granddaughter, cousin Rev. Lloyd Brunson and many nieces and nephews in the Sumter, South Carolina area. Visitation will be from Noon until 1:30 p.m. Monday at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road. After visitation, a 2 p.m. funeral service will be observed in the chapel with Rev. David Stockton and Rev. Robert Boyd officiating . Followed by a brief graveside commitment service and burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle Xxxxx XX, 2004