Aug 15, 1937 - Jan 13, 2013 JONES LaNese Joann Pierson Craft joined her Heavenly Father and a host of celebrating witnesses in Heaven on January 13, 2013. She was born on August 15, 1937, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to Russell and Bernice Pierson. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bernice Pierson; and is survived by her father, Russell Pierson, of Oklahoma City, who is 101 years of age. She is also survived by her husband, Gerry Craft, of the home; sons: Cody Craft and Debbie Barbour, of Jones, Oklahoma; and Dr. Cassady Craft and his wife Noor, of Annapolis, Maryland. LaNese has one granddaughter, Hannah Grillot, of Norman, Oklahoma; and Hannah's mother, Dr. Suzette Grillot, also of Norman. LaNese was anxiously anticipating the arrival of a grandson, Calladon Cassady Craft, around the first of February. She is survived by one sister, Patricia Pierson Sholar and her husband Bob, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews and other family members who loved her. LaNese married Gerry Craft on January 20, 1957, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was the head majorette and led the Oklahoma State University marching band for four years. She also played on the OSU women's golf team. She started her golfing passion while in high school at Stillwater High School and then Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, where she graduated. LaNese has been an active member of Choctaw Creek Women's Golf Association for many years. A proud and loyal Oklahoma State Cowboy and a member of the OSU Alumni Association and the Posse Club, she was a big supporter of all athletics and always enjoyed her season tickets to sporting events in Stillwater. LaNese was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has also been active at First Baptist Church in Jones, Oklahoma. LaNese Craft taught elementary physical education for Harrah School District at Claire Reynolds Elementary until her retirement. Upon her retirement, the Harrah School District renamed the elementary gymnasium in her honor. In 2010, LaNese Craft was crowned Ms. Senior Oklahoma and competed in the Ms. Senior America Pageant, twirling her baton in the talent portion of the contest and delighting the audience with her high throws and twists and turns. She continued her involvement in the Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant as Co-Director since her crowning. LaNese loved the Lord and her life was a witness of His love and compassion. The funeral will be held Wednesday, January 16th at 2 p.m. at Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper Chapel, 6600 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 15, 2013