Martha G. Craft

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Soldotna resident Martha G. Craft died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

Her ashes will be buried at the Nome Cemetery.

Mrs. Craft was born Dec. 15, 1921, to James Crawford and Sadie May (Kane) Gum in Cass, W.V. She attended high school and furthered her education by attending clerical school in West Virginia. Mrs. Craft moved to Annette Island in 1949 and then to Nome in 1950. While in Nome, she worked for the Miner's and Merchant's Bank as a cashier.

In 1968 she moved back to West Virginia where she worked for Davis Electrical in Elkins until she retired. Mrs. Craft moved to Soldotna in 2005 where she resided until her death. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi in Nome and West Virginia. Nome Women's Club where she was appointed to the Alaska Commission on the status of Women in 1966 of Gov. Bill Egan and again in 1967 by Gov. Walter Hickel. Martha enjoyed knitting; she won many ribbons at the West Virginia State Fair. She also loved gardening, canning her fruits and vegetables and playing bridge.

"She was instrumental in starting the hot lunch program in the public school in Nome. She volunteered at Davis' Memorial Hospital in Elkins, WV and was named volunteer of the year in 2001," the family said.

Mrs. Craft was preceded in death by her son, David Craft; parents; and sister, Margaret Francher.

She is survived by her son, Joel Craft Sr. and his wife, Esther, of Soldotna; sister, Virginia McCauley, and her husband, Jack, of Maryland; granddaughters, Annette Burcham, and her husband, Aaron, of Soldotna and Martha Ellington, and her husband, Michael, of Nome; grandsons, Roy Craft of Anchorage and Joel Craft Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Nome; great-grandchildren, Aiden Craft, Whitney Burcham, McKinna Craft, Danika Craft, Colton Godfrey, Koryne Godfrey, Madison Ellington and Carly Ellington; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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