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Adams Funeral Home

129 Coleman Street, Marlin, TX

OBITUARY

Jean McLeod Craig

June 7, 1930May 19, 2020

A memorial service is planned for 11:00 AM Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas.

On May 19, 2020 Jean slipped the surly bonds of earth, put out her hand and touched the face of God. Jean was born on June 7, 1930 on her father’s fishing boat halfway between Ketchikan, Alaska and Prince Edward Island. Jean was the oldest of 13 children and was proud of her Alaska Native heritage. She was of the Eagle Frog clan in the Haida tribe which is well known in the Pacific Northwest for their distinctive totem poles. Jean worked in a cannery as a teenager and assisted her father who was a commercial fisherman.

Jean joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and served in administration and as a crew member on transport and medevac flights during the Korean conflict. Following discharge from the Air Force in 1952 she attended Seattle University on the G.I. bill where she received her nursing degree. Jean worked as a public health nurse in Seattle for a brief period and then became a flight attendant for Pacific Northwest Airlines. She also served as a flight attendant supervisor for Capitol Airways from 1967 until 1969 where she was responsible for transporting G.I.s to and from Vietnam. Jean served as a U.S. Army personnel specialist in Stuttgart, Germany from 1969 until 1981 and that is where she met her husband, Rogers.

When Rogers retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1981 they relocated to Marlin, Texas where she became co-owner of Cedar Springs Enterprises (CSE) whose activities included farming, ranching, long haul trucking and the manufacture and packaging of heating and cooking wood (Mesquite and Hickory) products.

Jean retired from CSE in 2005 and became actively involved in a variety of community service activities. She served on the Allen House board and was responsible for establishing a community garden in Marlin. She was active in the Falls County Republican Party, was a member of the American Legion Post 31 and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Lott.

Jean never met a stranger and every day woke up with a smile on her face and she kept it there all day. She was a world traveler, an entrepreneur, an avid reader, a gourmet cook, a talented seamstress, gracious hostess and an accomplished artist. Other amazing things in her life; she was a pilot, race car driver, author, fluent in German, and past secretary of Los Amigos del Mesquite – an international organization whose purpose is to promote and develop new uses for the Mesquite Tree. Jean was fortunate enough to have lived the American Dream. She lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all who knew her. No sadness please but rather, lift your glass to the memory of a great and wonderful spirit. There is a brand-new star in heaven tonight.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you help someone in need, participate in a charitable cause or make a toast to enduring friendship. Jean will like that.

Services

30 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Adams Funeral Home

Due to the current pandemic restrictions attendance is limited to 60 people

129 Coleman St.
Marlin, TX 76661

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Jan Spurgeon

May 21, 2020

Jean, we will miss your smiling face! You always made every day a party when you were around!! You had the most exciting ambitious life that I could imagine! I will miss seeing you on your patio when we pass, playing golf. May God bless you and love you.

Diana Herrington

May 20, 2020

I loved the way Rogers and Jean did just about everything together! They attended the same Exercise/Balance class I did at the Civic Center just a couple months ago and we sat together to fill out all the paper work, then it was cancelled because of Covid19 ..... she was always ready for everything ! Loved her ❤️

Lisa Nehring

May 20, 2020

She was one of a kind, loved her dearly. She will definitely be missed by all who had the opportunity to meet her. 🙏❤️

Don Stiles

May 20, 2020

One of the joys of our little church is to get to speak with everyone present during our snack time after the service. One of my favorite Jean stories is her telling me about her father buying her a .22 to carry with her when they went into the forests of Alaska. She was 6-7 years old at the time.

One Sunday I brought a bowl of red jalapenos to church figuring people might take one or two home to enliven a pot of pinto beans later on. I was floored when Jean ate a couple on the spot and then took the leftovers home.

That just goes to show how Jean could spice up just about anywhere she went. She was a lovely, gracious Christian lady who will live forever in the memories of all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.

Cara Albright

May 20, 2020

She was such a pleasant and generous lady. She will be greatly missed in Marlin.

Derek Hoggett

May 19, 2020

Always smiling, always loving, always interested. A gem. I am a better person for Jean coming into my life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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