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June 7, 1928February 29, 2020

CAROLYN M CRAFT was born on June 7, 1928 and passed away on February 29, 2020.


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Geri Frazier

March 24, 2020

Carolyn Mary (Denny) Craft passed away on February 29, 2020 at the age of 91 after a brief illness. During her last days, she was surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. At the time of her death, Carolyn had been a resident of Malibu, CA since 1964.
Born on June 7, 1928 in Watertown, NY to Carlton and Doris Denny, Carolyn and her family moved to Flushing, NY. After graduating from high school, Carolyn attended the New York School of Interior Decorating. She used the skills acquired when later designing and rebuilding the family home following the 1993 Malibu fire.
Carolyn married Clifford Justin Craft III on June 11, 1948. During their 59 years of marriage, they had six children. She leaves Carol Abrams (Gerard), Sacramento, CA, Jeannie Craft (Scott), Fort Collins, CO, Geri Frazier (Mark), Newport Beach, CA, John Craft (Katherine), Costa Mesa, CA, and Dorette Wilfley (Mark) Newport Beach, CA. Carolyn was predeceased by her daughter Teresa Catherine Dancer (Mark), Traverse City, MI (2012) as well as her husband Clifford (2007). She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren (with a sixth due this September).
Carolyn was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church. A teacher at heart, Carolyn taught kindergarten for 19 years at Carden Malibu School. Her inner artist led her to study ceramics and her nurturing spirit was evident in her love of gardening. Sharp-witted and independent till her final days, Carolyn was a voracious reader, completed the daily NYT crossword (in pen), drove herself to daily Mass, and maintained close friendships with many young and old.
A private burial was conducted at Holy Cross Cemetery on March 9th. A Memorial Mass will follow at OLM later this year. Donations in Carolyn’s name may be made to Our Lady of Malibu’s Mexico Mission Project which was a ministry close to her heart.

Charlotte Green

March 23, 2020

We at the pottery studio are saddened to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was a good potter and we loved her apple bakers and chicken cookers. But it was her foray into sculpture and the big bird she made for her garden we enjoyed the most. We laughed the morning she danced into the studio with the two Irish walking sticks intent on adding them as the bird’s legs! We will miss our friend.
Charlotte, Karen, Debbie, Lisa & Rebecca

Dorette Wilfley

March 23, 2020

To the best mother,
You will be missed by so many. You were the most beautiful mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother...and a friend to so many. You touched more lives during your journey here on earth than you can ever imagine. You changed people's lives. Your memory will live on in our hearts and minds. I miss you so much...every day I reach for the phone to call, but know you are not there. I love and miss you, so much...
Your daughter,