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Dovie Mae Cravy

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Dovie Mae Cravy, 86, of Alamogordo, passed away peacefully after a brief illness Thursday, Nov. 14, 2007, in Alamogordo.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas V. Cravy, M.D., and his wife Marie, of Santa Maria, Calif., and Richard Lynn Cravy and his wife Dee, of Amarillo, Texas; seven grandchildren, Kevin Cravy, of Clovis, Tilynn Pierce, of Clovis, Dhea Knight, of Clovis, Kim Lester, of Amarillo, Texas, Ryan Cravy, of Amarillo, Charity Cravy, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Daniel Cravy, of Amarillo; and numerous great-grandchildren.
As a child of the depression and a poor family, Dovie grew up being grateful for the things that most of us would hold our noses at … secondhand shoes, hand-me-down clothes and enough food to eat. When she was 11, the family home burned to the ground, and all of the family belongings were lost. The transition to teenage years brought her beauty and charisma which blossomed throughout the rest of her life. At age 20, she married Walter "Snap" Cravy, who rescued his bride from the farm. She stayed at home in Clovis with their two children until they started school. Becoming a Welcome Wagon hostess took her out of the house and started her very successful career in advertising. She founded the Traffic Guide newcomer welcoming service and established franchises in several cities in New Mexico. She eventually divorced and moved to Alamogordo with her second husband, Jasper "Jack" Pruett, and they started The Bottle Shop drive-through liquor store on the highway to Holloman Air Force Base. With her third husband, Wayne Luttrell, she owned the Luttrell Motor Company. Even after her third divorce, she continued to live alone in the home that she and Luttrell built and maintained the five-acre lot by herself for 40 years, behind what is now Staples, off White Sands Boulevard. She remained beautiful and feisty and maintained her sense of fashion and dignity until the end. Her sudden death came as a surprise to her family.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel.
Cremation will take place locally at PCS entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30, 2007
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