Lucille Craddock

BENTON - Lucille Craddock, 91, of Benton, died at 4 p. m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Mrs. Craddock was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Pope County, the daughter of Herschel Ellis and Bessie Edith (Klink) Ellis.

She married Sam Craddock on May 6, 1946, and he preceded her in death March 18, 1978. She later married Dan Craddock Dec. 6, 1980 and he preceded her in death March 11, 1993.

Lucille graduated from Herrin High School in 1939 and SIU Carbondale in 1942 with a degree in home economics. She later received her master's degrees in home economics and guidance from SIUC. She taught in Galesburg and Thompsonville for one year each and spent the rest of her teaching career in Benton. She also worked as a home advisor for the Franklin County Home Extension in the 1950's. Lucille was a member of the American Association of University Women, Illinois Education Association, National Education Association, Business and Professional Women's Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (voted Lady of the Year in 1980), Benton Public Library Board, Benton First United Methodist Church, and Lunch Bunch Tuesday Group. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching and quilting.

Surviving relatives include one son, Bruce (Becky) Craddock of Marion; three grandchildren, Audrey Craddock of Gurnee, Christopher Craddock of Granite City, and Kaitlyn Craddock of St. Louis; one nephew, Stephen (Shannon) Payne, Grosse Ile, Mich.; two great-nieces, Sophia and Eleanor Payne, both of Grosse Ile, Mich.; and her best friend, Betty Frailey of Benton.

Mrs. Craddock was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and one sister, Ann (Ellis) Payne.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. Monday in Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in Benton. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Shane Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 203 W. Church St., Benton, IL 62812.

To sign the memorial guestbook, visit www.hobbsjohnson.com.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013