Gloria Stinson Craig, 92, passed away Feb. 23, 2013, in Winchester, Va.
She was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Durant, Okla., to Samuel David Stinson and Maude Sterling Stinson. She married Franklin Craig Jr. on Oct. 25, 1941.
She is survived by her brother, Donald Stinson of San Antonio, Texas; her daughter, Donna Craig of Stephens City, Va.; her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Susie Craig of Sammamish, Wash., Ron and Debi Craig of Harvest, Ala., and David and Kelli Craig of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Tad and Alea Barker of Crooksville, Ohio, Tricia and Chad Lesman of Stephens City, Va., Erika and Matt Wanchick of Falls Church, Va., and Emily and Terry Hardbarger of Elizabeth, W.Va.; and her great-grandchildren, Madison and Claire Lesman, Greta Barker, Isabella and Olivia Wanchick and Lakin Hardbarger.
In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1995; her brother, John Stinson; and great-granddaughter, Chloe Kylene Barker.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas, and First Baptist Church in Zanesville, Ohio, where she was Choir Director and vocal soloist for many years. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W.Va., where she sang in the choir, and was Chairman and Co-chairman of the Bonnie White Circle for several years. In Gloria's fifth year, her family moved to Amarillo, Texas, where her father started a small business selling homemade ice cream. Gloria sold the very first ice cream cone in 1930. Over the years the Double Dip grew to become a busy restaurant popular throughout the Texas Panhandle. After graduating Amarillo High School, Gloria studied music at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo.
She married Frank on Oct. 25, 1941, in Amarillo, after a romantic courtship during his pilot training in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Gloria and Lt. Col. Frank Craig raised their children in the Texas Panhandle and in Zanesville, Ohio. Gloria taught music in the West Muskingum School District. She provided the care required by her mother for 13 years, until Maude's passing in 1983. Frank and Gloria lived in the Zanesville, Ohio, area until they moved to Belpre, Ohio. After Frank passed, Gloria lived in the Glenwood Retirement Community in Marietta, Ohio. In 2008, she relocated to Winchester, Va.
Gloria was a loving wife and mother, an expert cook, and she enjoyed canning, sewing and music. She was a 50-year breast cancer survivor. She leaves a rich and musical legacy of love for her family and friends.
Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. March 23 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Parkersburg.
The family requests donations in her memory go to Emmanuel Baptist Women, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Date and time for memorial service in Amarillo, Texas, is to be established later.
Arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Stephens City, Va. www.endersandshirley.com