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Edwina A. "Sis" McCraven

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McCraven, Edwina Ava "Sis" On Monday, February 25, 2013, at Boswell Hospital in Sun City Arizona, at the blessed age of 96 years, Edwina Ava peacefully departed this life. Edwina graduated from Roosevelt High School, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Purdue Calumet, and her Master of Science Degree from Indiana University. She taught special Education at Roosevelt H.S. and finished out her teaching career at Norton Park School where she taught the mentally and physically handicap. She retired at the age of 72. Edwina was a member of Ss. Monica & Luke church. There she was active in various organizations, such as The Knights of Peter Claver. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edwin Fells, and Grace Louisa (Fells/ Smith/Baker); her husbands, Prince Albert Hayes and Pervis McCraven; her three brothers, Charles (Fells) Smith, Allen (Fells) Smith, Lucius Smith; her sister, Mary Roberson; her son, Charles Hayes; daughter, Florence Alexander; and beloved grandson, Navy Petty Officer David Samuel Petty. Edwina leaves to cherish in memory: sister, Carol Edwards (Gary IN); children, Myrna Hair (Kansas City MO), Allen Hayes (Peoria, AZ), David McCraven (Youngtown, AZ), Carol, Nancy, and Lisa McCraven (Surprise AZ); loving grandsons, Pervis McCraven and Will Marshall Jr. (AZ); loving granddaughters, Ava Hill and Teesha (Hayes) O'Kolie (Gary, IN) and Anne Hair (Kansas City, MO). Edwina leaves a legacy of 28 grandchildren, 53 great-grand, 16 great-great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-great-grand. Visitation Friday, March 8, 2013, from 12 to 7pm and family hour from 6 to 7pm at Powell-Coleman Funeral Home. Funeral services Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00a.m. at Ss. Monica & Luke Parish, 645 Rhode Island Gary IN. 46407, Father Patrick Gaza Officiating. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery Gary Indiana.

Published in the Post Tribune on Mar. 7, 2013
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