Martha Elaine Craig
1923 - 2019
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October 31, 1923 ˜ July 26, 2019

Martha Elaine Craig passed away on July 26, 2019. She was born to Martha L. Sugg and Roy H. Sugg in Vancouver, WA.
Elaine was married to the love of her life, Jim Sparks Craig, whom she lost suddenly 35 years ago. She and Jim played tennis for years enjoying the game with family and friends.
After Jim’s passing, she happily helped wherever she could in the family business, Sparks Home Furnishings, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia.
Elaine was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love of gardening influenced her children in the joy of being a gardener. She enjoyed years of growing orchids in her large greenhouse that her husband Jim and son Tom built.
Elaine was proud of her early years as a fine musician playing the clarinet with the Seattle Symphony under Sir Thomas Beacham. She attended the University of Washington and was affiliated with The Chi Omega sorority.
Mom had a great personality with quick wit and humor.
She was a devout Christian Scientist and lived her life with the highest moral standards.
Elaine is survived by daughters, Stephanie McFarland (Jack) and Denise Peterson (Don); son, Tom Craig (Anna); grandchildren, Kimberly Bolden (Gil), Courtney Barker (Tim), Jenny Derr (Matt), David Craig (Lindsey) and Jimmy Craig (Levy); and great-grandchildren, Kyle and Ellie Barker, Ainsley and Brody Derr, Paxton and Bonnie Craig.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Glenwood Memory Care, especially Sara Walter for her loving care and compassion, also Shauna at PeaceHealth Hospice.
Per her request, there will be no service.
Contributions can be made to the American Red Cross and Columbia Land Trust in her name.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 4, 2019.
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August 21, 2019
Stephanie, Denise, and Tom:
I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I have very fond memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Linda (Stecher) Finney
August 8, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Martha's passing. Just know I am thinking of all of you at this sad time.
Lynn Miller
August 6, 2019
My deepest sympathy.
Dominic Salvato
August 6, 2019
I enjoyed working with your Mother for so many years. We enjoyed going out to dinner and listening to her stories about Vancouver. I especially liked talking to her as we worked together in the yard. She was always a delight to be around. Our thoughts are with you in your loss. Wriston and Vicki Alexander
August 6, 2019
Dear Craig Family:
We were so sad to hear of Aunt Elaine's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Much love- Cal and Sue Sugg and kids.
August 5, 2019
Dear Stephanie and Denise,
There are no words to express how the heart aches. Just know that you and your loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sarah Walter
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