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Craft, Mildred Jacklin
Mildred Jacklin Craft, 91, died in Phoenix on October 13, 2016. Midge grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana, where her father Harold M. Jacklin was a Professor in Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering and head of its Automotive Department. Midge grew up attending Big Ten football games and taking summer trips to Wisconsin. For health reasons at age 19, Midge in 1945 traveled by train with her mother Florence Hayes Jacklin from Chicago to Tucson -- sight unseen, where Midge enrolled in the University of Arizona's School of Music, and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. In 1946, Midge met fellow UofA student John W. Craft, an Army Air Forces veteran who had trained at Thunderbird Field in Glendale. Midge and John married in 1947 and moved to Phoenix, taking an apartment right on North Central Avenue and Orange Drive while John completed his Master's Degree at Thunderbird Graduate School of Management. They then returned to Tucson, where they raised their children John W. Craft Jr., Joy Craft Adamson, and James A. Craft. Midge often sang solo at local community fundraisers and in church. In the late 1960s, she and John returned to Phoenix for good. At times, she worked outside the home, including as manager of the Stationery Department at Diamond's in Park Central. For years, Midge was the caregiver for her mother Florence; Midge drew strength from Florence, who was one of the earliest female graduates of Michigan State University. In the 1980s, Gilbert and Edna Goza were dear and generous friends. For several years, Midge was John Sr.'s caregiver until his 2009 death. Midge loved following college sports her entire life. She also enjoyed and studied Native American basketry, paintings and other artwork, as well as the latest consumer electronics. She was grateful for kind and caring neighbors, especially in her last years. In her last hours, she told her family "I'm happy; I hope you are, too. I'm going home." She is survived by her sons John and Jim and daughters-in-law Joan and Dawn, grandchildren Krissy Buchanan, Jeffrey Craft, Amy Craft, Paul Craft and Tom Craft, and great grandchildren Bava and Avram Buchanan. We will miss you. Please leave your condolences for the family at www.almoore-grimshaw.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 30, 2016
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