Ruth Lazenby Craig

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Ruth Lazenby Craig was born in Carbon Hill, Ala., on Oct. 6, 1920, into a coal miner's family, and was a true child of the Great Depression. As a child, she helped in her mother's garden, hauled "soft" water to scrub clothes in a wash tub, and looked forward daily to her daddy's return from working the mines. During World War II, she took a job in a factory, making practice artillery shells. Around that time, she met her husband, the late Murray Manford Craig. All her life, Ruth lived the motto, "work hard and save." She stood alongside her husband each day in their small grocery store near Harlem, then went home to care for her four daughters, cooking wonderful meals and sewing beautiful dresses. She was a member of Harlem Baptist Church and faithfully carried her daughters to countless church events.
After widowhood and retirement in the 70's, Ruth continued to live in rural Harlem. She moved to Cumming in 1991, to be closer to family, and enjoyed seeing more of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She continued to cook delicious southern meals as long as she was able.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Emily Ruth Forkner; and three sisters, Helen Griffin, Reverdia Yost, and Flora Lee (Liz) Allen.
She is survived by her daughters, Penny Reese (Howard) of Atlanta, Gloria Denton (David) of Cumming, Janis Lively (Charles) of Kingwood, Texas, Vera Forkner (Tom) of Duluth; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gene Lazenby of Jasper, Ala.
Ruth Craig died of renal failure at home on May 9, 2009.
Visitation will be at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel in Norcross on May 14 from 6-8 p.m., and at Starling Funeral Home in Harlem on May 16 from 11 a.m. to noon with a service to follow at noon. Interment will be at Westover Cemetery in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, make donations in Ruth's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter (
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Crowell Brothers Funeral Home in Norcross is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in from May 12 to May 17, 2009