Doris "Dot" Morgan Craig passed away on Friday, October 25, surrounded by family after a courageous 16-year battle with ataxia. She persevered bravely throughout those years with the same energy and courage that defined her earlier life. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North Street, beginning with a musical tribute to Dot at 10:15. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00. Visitation will be Sunday, October 27, at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Government from 5:00-7:00 PM. Dot was preceded in death by her loving husband, Emmett T. Craig, Jr.; her parents, John and Anna Morgan; her brothers Evan Morgan, Roy Morgan, and Tootie Morgan; and her sisters Grace Carpenter and Gene Egleston. She is survived by her sister, Peggy Pennington Cole; her children, Carolyn Prator (Steve), Doug Craig (Barbara), and Kitty Griffin (Don); her grandchildren Jency Hogan (Aaron), Dori Place (Will), Ali Griffin, McKenzie Griffin, Elizabeth Fontenot (Jarrett), David Craig (Amy), John Craig, Craig Dowling (Danyelle), and Jill Dowling; and her great grandchildren, James Fontenot, Judah Place, and Mason Scott. Many loved nieces and nephews also survive her. Dot was born at Angola Prison on January 3, 1928 (her father was an overseer). She attended Central High School in Baton Rouge and Northwestern State University, where she was a campus beauty and involved in numerous choirs and bands. Then she met Emmett, and, after he convinced her to go out with him to a July Fourth picnic, they were married three months later at St. Joseph Cathedral. Family then became the focus of her love and energy. A special joy was the 50-year tradition of Florida beach vacations filled with feeding children and grandchildren delicious meals, walking on the beach looking for shells, and watching beautiful sunsets. Besides a love of family, Dot had a passion for community service. She was involved in numerous organizations including Camp Fire Girls, Crisis Intervention Center, Junior League, Rotary Club
, Baton Rouge Foundation, Board of Realtors (President), Chamber of Commerce, and the Baton Rouge Symphony. The greatest joy of her volunteer life was singing in the choirs at St. Aloysius and St. Joseph. Dot earned many honors for her service and was recently awarded the St. Joseph Appreciation Award and the Edith Kilpatrick Award from the Baton Rouge Symphony. To Dot her community work was never done. And that's the way she liked it! At Emmett's suggestion, Dot became a Realtor in 1966 with C.J. Brown. She loved people and always wanted her customers happy, which was the key to her success. One time she personally bought back a house because her clients were not satisfied. Specializing in relocation, she befriended many Baton Rouge newcomers, introducing them around the city and inviting them to events, including her holiday table. She later formed her own company, Dot Craig Realty, and loved being in charge. Throughout her life Dot was a gracious hostess and a gourmet cook. A delicious meal and wonderful conversation (along with Emmett's jokes) were to be expected when she entertained. Her lovely home on "Golden Pond" was the setting for many community events and parties, the door always open. Her faith, kindness, courage, positive attitude, and devotion to her family and friends will be remembered for years to come. Dot's family is grateful for your thoughts and prayers and kinds words as we walked this last part of the journey with her. Although there are too many to list, we would especially like to thank Marie Constantine, Nellyn Aguilar, Joe Lotwick, Tejas Vora, Don and Gerry Daigle; Ellen, Alice, Loretta, and Niki of TLC Homecare; Susan and the Butterfly Wing of Hospice of Baton Rouge; and her best friend, Kika Rodriquez. May God bless all of you. Dot's kindness and love for her family were present each and every day and will be greatly missed. We were fortunate to have her as our mom and grandmother. She has left us with a legacy of unconditional love, and family values. Although we will miss her terribly, we know that there is now a new voice in the heavenly choir. Sing on, Dot, sing on. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baton Rouge Symphony, St. Joseph Cathedral or the
. Please visit the online guest-book at www.rabenhorst.com.