LaNese Joanne Pierson Craft

August 15, 1937January 13, 2013
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LaNese Joann Pierson Craft joined her Heavenly Father and a host of celebrating witnesses in Heaven on January 13, 2013. She was born on August 15, 1937 in Pauls Valley Oklahoma to Russell and Bernice Pierson. She is preceded in death by her mother Bernice Pierson and survived by her father Russell Pierson of Oklahoma City who is 101 years of age. She is also survived by her husband Gerry Craft of the home, sons Cody Craft and Debbie Barbour of Jones Oklahoma and Dr. Cassady Craft and his wife Noor of Annapolis Maryland. LaNese has one granddaughter, Hannah Grillot of Norman Oklahoma and Hannah’s mother Dr. Suzette Grillot also of Norman. LaNese was anxiously anticipating the arrival of a grandson, Calladon Cassady Craft, around the first of February. She is survived by one sister Patricia Pierson Sholar and her husband Bob of Pauls Valley Oklahoma, several nieces and nephews and other family members who loved her. LaNese married Gerry Craft on January 20, 1957 in Stillwater Oklahoma. She was the head majorette and led the Oklahoma State University marching band for four years. She also played on the OSU women’s golf team. She started her golfing passion while in high school at Stillwater High School and then Northeast High School in Oklahoma City where she graduated. LaNese has been an active member of Choctaw Creek Women’s Golf Association for many years. A proud and loyal Oklahoma State Cowboy and a member of the OSU Alumni Association and the Posse Club, she was a big supporter of all athletics and always enjoyed her season tickets to sporting events in Stillwater. LaNese was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has also been active at First Baptist Church in Jones Oklahoma. LaNese Craft taught elementary physical education for Harrah School District at Claire Reynolds Elementary until her retirement. Upon her retirement, the Harrah School District renamed the elementary gymnasium in her honor. In 2010 LaNese Craft was crowned Ms. Senior Oklahoma and competed in the Ms. Senior America Pageant twirling her baton in the talent portion of the contest and delighting the audience with her high throws and twists and turns. She continued her involvement in the Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant as Co-Director since her crowning. LaNese loved the Lord and her life was a witness of His love and compassion. The funeral will be held Wednesday, January 16th at 2:00 PM at the Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Chapel, 6600 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Quest Daniel

January 26, 2013

Mere words will never be able to describe LaNese! I have known LaNese for the past twenty years and can honestly say I have never met a finer Christian Lady in my entire life. She was, to me, the greatest example of a Christian "spiritual warrior" that I have personally ever met. She never met a stranger in my presence who was not a friend within minutes.

When I think of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and His modeling a perfect life for us to attempt to exemplify, I cannot think of another person who lived out that model here on this earth better than my dear friend, LaNese. I just thank God for the opportunity to be with her during the last few days of her life on this each, and will never remember her as anything but the epitome of living with a great passion for life in everything she did, and in the way she loved her dear, sweet family and friends, everyday, even in sickness. Wow! What a great legacy she has left for the rest of us to strive for, in life and in passing.

I thank God for having allowed me the privilege to know her well for the past twenty years of my life. We will miss you, LaNese, but will never be without the spirit of your presence in our lives. Thanks! Quest and Peggy Daniel, San Antonio, TX

Judy Lamppu

January 24, 2013

We both competed in the Ms Senior America pageant in 2010 and I thought she was so lovely. She's gone too soon.

Jean Lapham

January 17, 2013

I will miss Ms. Craft. She will remain in my heart always. I have been blessed to have spent time with her as a patient and as a friend.

Evelyn Dull

January 17, 2013

I taught with LaNese at Clara Reynolds Elementary. She was always so positive and upbeat! One of my treasured memories of LaNese is when she and John Neal, the music teacher, put together the Clara Reynolds Olympics. They had opening excercises which included a parade of countries, balloons, and a torch lighting ceremony. LaNese even planned a hockey game between the second grade teachers and the third grade teachers. She even jumped in to play and never let me forget that I knocked her down! I will miss her sweet smile, her laughter, and her "Elvira" excercise routine.

January 17, 2013

LaNese was a loving and caring person who will be greatly missed.It was an honor to get to teach with her at Clara Reynolds Elementary. The children looked forward to going to PE classes because she it made it fun and challenging for them. I remember once the children had been inside for at least a week or more and when it finally warmed up some, she told each PE class to bundle up before coming to class and she took them outside and they walked the neighborhood by playing Follow The Leader. The children loved it. I even joined my class and walked with them. LaNese was a joy to be around. She will be deeply missed by those who truly knew her and loved her. Bernadette Klimkowski, Harrah, Oklahoma

January 17, 2013

LaNese was such a a wonderful Christian lady and friend. She attended our sorority's reunion a few years ago and gave her very inspiring testimony. We were all very touched by her strong faith and concern for her husband, Gerry. My heart goes out to all of the family at this very sad time. May God see you through these days of mourning as she will be missed so much. It eases our hearts when we realize that she is with her Lord and Savior and knowing that we will see her again one day. Sincerely, Althea Wright, Stillwater

Nancy Noble Sanders

January 16, 2013

It was a delight to see LaNese a few years ago in Stillwater at a Kappa Kappa Gamma reunion, over 50 years since I had last seen her. I'm so glad now that I have this memory. May your memories, too, be joyful and comforting as you celebrate her life and now her presence in Heaven.

Georgine Jackson

January 16, 2013

I knew Lanese at college and saw her at a reunion a few years ago.
Her life has had many highs and lows and I admire her bright smile and ability to cope.

Shirley D. Forgan

January 16, 2013

I did not know LaNese well, but we were sorority sisters;therefore, bonded together in sisterhood.May many fond memories bring some comfort and peace to Gerry and the family. My deepest sympathy.Shirley Dobbins Forgan

Tammy Davenport

January 16, 2013

What an amazing lady! She shared some of her outside plants with me and told me I couldnt get mad when they took over my yard. Well the jasmine did but I still love them! Everytime I see the little yellow flowers bloom in the spring I'll think of the lovely lady who made PE a happy place for my children!