Carol R. Craker, 70, of 580 Page Hollow Rd, passed away early Monday (Jan. 27, 2014) at the Grand Strand Regional Hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC following a long battle with cancer.
Born Dec. 3, 1943, in Corry, PA, she was the daughter of Carlotta (Mead) Wilcox and the late William Betts. In 1963, she married the late Clifford Nelson. On June 7, 1993, she married Richard L. Craker, who survives.
Carol was a 1961 graduate of Corry Area High School. Following school, she went to work at Blair New Process and later served as a sales rep for Hallmark Cards. She was proud to be a housewife for most of her life and enjoyed watching her children grow up. She was an avid reader and information gatherer. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds and butterflies in her backyard. She was known for feeding hummingbirds right out of her hand. She loved to travel and to play golf, both of which led to her wintering in Myrtle Beach for the last 10 years. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She had an infectious smile and a positive word for everyone she met.
Surviving besides her husband of Warren and her mother of Corry are: a son, Joel (Cheryl) Nelson of Seneca, SC; a daughter, Rae (Marvin) Lee of Orlando, FL; a son Jess (Selena) Nelson of Mesa, AZ; a stepdaughter, Connie (Donald) Cooper of Allegany, NY; three stepsons, Rick (Dolly) Craker of Paso Robles, CA, Doug (Gerene) Craker of Templeton, CA, and Jim (Amy) Craker of Jamestown, NY; 12 grandchildren: Colton & Carter Nelson of Seneca, SC; Raevin & Xaden Lee of Orlando, FL; Jaspen, Clyphe & baby to be Nelson of Mesa, AZ; Ric Craker of Orion, Il: Marlee & Cass Craker of Templeton, CA; and Zack & Robyn Craker of Jamestown, NY; a brother, Robert (Laura) Betts of Coldwater, MI; two sisters, Jane (Larry) Tucci of Pleasantville, PA and Jean (Tom) VanTassel of Corry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, her first husband and a brother, Richard Betts of Corry, PA.
Friends and family are invited to gather at a "Celebration of Life" event this summer in Corry, PA. The date will be announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Warren Library Association, 205 Market St., Warren, PA 16365; the Corry Public Library, 117 W. Washington St., Corry, PA 16407; or The Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W 12th St, Erie, PA 16505.