CUMMING, Ga. - Ruth Lazenby Craig was born in Carbon Hill, AL on October 6, 1920, into a coal miner's family, and was a true child of the Great Depression. As a child, she helped in her Mother's garden, hauled "soft" water to scrub clothes in a wash tub, and looked forward daily to her Daddy's return from working the mines. During WWII, she took a job in a factory, making practice artillery shells. Around that time, she met her husband, the late Murray Manford Craig. All her life, Ruth lived the motto, "work hard and save." She stood alongside her husband each day in their small grocery store near Harlem, GA, then went home to care for her 4 daughters, cooking wonderful meals and sewing beautiful dresses. She was a member of Harlem Baptist Church, and faithfully carried her daughters to countless church events. After widowhood and retirement in the 70's, Ruth continued to live in rural Harlem. She moved to Cumming, GA in 1991 to be closer to family, and enjoyed seeing more of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She continued to cook delicious Southern meals as long as she was able. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Emily Ruth Forkner; and 3 sisters, Helen Griffin, Reverdia Yost, and Flora Lee (Liz) Allen, all of Alabama. She is survived by her daughters, Penny Reese (Howard), Atlanta, GA, Gloria Denton (David), Cumming, GA, Janis Lively (Charles), Kingwood, TX, and Vera Forkner (Tom), Duluth, GA; 11 grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren; and a brother, Gene Lazenby, of Jasper, AL. Ruth Craig died of renal failure at home on May 9, 2009. Visitation will be at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel, Norcross on May 14, 6-8 pm, then Starling Funeral Home in Harlem, GA, May 16, 11am-12 pm, with a service to follow at 12 pm. Interment will be at Westover Cemetery in Augusta, GA. In lieu of flowers, make donations in Ruth's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, GA Chapter (nationalmssociety.org). Express online condolences at www.crowellbrothers.com . Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, Norcross (770)448-5757.
The Augusta Chronicle-May 15, 2009