Mary Immaculata Ann Craig Pugh
December 8, 1938 - July 4, 2014
Warner Robins, GA- Warner Robins, GA- Mary Immaculata Ann Craig Pugh went to be with the good Lord on July 4, 2014. She was 75.
Mary was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on Dec. 8, 1938 to parents John and Mary Craig. She graduated from Hazleton High School. She was a member of the HHS band. After high school she attended Wilkes University where she was active with the women's basketball team. She obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting and Administration from Wilkes University, class of 1958. She completed post graduate studies in education with the Georgia preschool association.
She worked in Accounting at Miner's Bank West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, accounting at Citizen's State Bank, Warner Robins, Georgia, accounting at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, GA, and administration for Headquarters, Air Force Reserve. She was a teacher at Cheerful Cherub's Kindergarten and then Director of Cheerful Cherubs for five years. She was a substitute teacher in the Houston County School System, In-school suspension teacher at Northside Elementary school Warner Robins and later worked in the office at Northside Elementary thru the 2013 school year.
Mary was a devoted member of First Methodist Church since 1959 when she moved to Georgia after being married to her husband, Larry Pugh of Hunlock Creek, PA on Feb. 7, 1959. She was a dedicated worker in The Warner Robins Little League program for over ten years, the Northside High School Booster Club and the food pantry delivery ministry of the church. She was a long time member of the Winmore Sunday School class.
She enjoyed needle work and delighted in making and giving away her work as gifts. She worked tirelessly in her flower gardens with beautiful results and gave many bulbs and plants to her friends. Much of her inspiration for gardening came from her frequent visits to Callaway Gardens. She enjoyed nature and was an avid walker, hiker, cyclist and an accomplished fisherman for bass and trout. She fly fished many streams in the East and several Western rivers. She was a true baseball fan and enjoyed watching the Braves with her family. She was a member of the swimming team in High School and remained a strong swimmer for many years and her favorite vacation spot was any good beach. She was Woman of the Year in her social sorority. She was completely supportive of her husband's work and was a true partner of her husband in corporate board and senior staff functions at Robins Air Force Base. Her inspired home holiday decorations, many of which were handmade, were a delight to her family and friends.
During her life, she spent many hours reading to her young children and grandchildren, believing that early reading was essential to good childhood development.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Larry Pugh, two sons, Bradley John Pugh and his wife Sharon and Douglas James Pugh and his wife Michelle, Four Grandchildren, Ryan Pugh, Aaron Pugh, Matthew Pugh and Kaitlyn Pugh and one great Grandchild, Chloe Pugh, daughter of Ryan Pugh, all of whom were very precious to her. She was a devoted wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother and would do anything for her family including making her old family recipe spaghetti and meatballs on request and for special occasion. She was a steady and calming hand for her family and she personified her steadfast dedication to the good Lord and complete trust in God. She is also survived by her brother, John Craig Jr., her step sister Mildred Yurkovic, and her step brother, Charles Craig, all of Hazelton, PA.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, 701 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins, GA 31093 is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held Thursday night, July 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services and a celebration of her life for this precious, gracious lady will be at First United Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31093 Friday morning, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cheerful Cherubs Preschool First United Methodist Church.
Go to www.heritagememorialfuneralhome.com to sign the on line guest register.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home
701 CARL VINSON PKWY
Warner Robins, GA 31093
Published in The Telegraph on July 9, 2014