Mary Barbara Christiana Craig
1947 - 2016
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Mary Barbara Christiana Craig TILLSON- Mary Barbara Christiana Craig, 68, of Wallkill Avenue, Tillson, died at home on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, surrounded by her loving family after a heroic battle with cancer. Born in Queens, N.Y., on Dec. 4, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Marie Saffer Christiana and Clayton Christiana. Mary was a graduate of Mater Christi High School, Astoria, N.Y. For many years she worked as a legal secretary. She retired from Rondout Valley Central School District as the Director of Technology. Mary’s love for the arts shone through her singing with St. Peter’s Folk Group, her two self-published books, her backyard in which she turned into an oasis, and her photography, to which her family were her favorite subjects. She hosted children from Ireland in the summer months in the 80’s, whom she considered part of her already large family. Other’s were able to experience Mary’s excitable spirit during the holidays where she was known to decorate wholly and dress up appropriately for the occasion. She is remembered for her enormous heart, her quick wit, and her extraordinary kindness. Mary is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Lawrence Craig, Sr. She is also survived by her loving children, sons; Lawrence Craig, Jr., and his wife Cynthia of Tillson, Clayton Craig and his wife Stacy of Cranford, N.J., and daughters Tara Nee and her husband Thomas of Tillson and Stacy DiFabio and her husband Luca of Garwood, N.J. Mary is also survived by eight grandchildren and her brothers, James Christiana of Tillson and Dennis Christiana of Glendale. Friends may call at the George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc., 2053 Route 32, Rosendale on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Church in Rosendale 10 a.m. Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to Hospice of Ulster County, 400 Aaron Court, Kingston, N.Y., 12401, or the Ulster County SPCA 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, N.Y., 12401. (

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Published in Daily Freeman from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2016.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
St. Peter’s Church
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October 18, 2017
Mary was such a sweetheart, we all miss her dearly in garwood,nj.its hard to believe a year had passed already.R.I.P mary , you are missed dearly
Anthony parente
October 28, 2016
Mary was a wonderful, enthusiastic person whose beautiful soul always shined. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. I will remember her for her bright, happy spirit. I will always be thankful for her assistance in helping me develop computer skills. My deepest condolences to Mary's family during this difficult time. Ruth Stubbins
Ruth Stubbins
October 22, 2016
Mary was a friend years ago when our kids went to St. Peter,s School. She was one great person and will be missed by many. We did a lot of laughing back in those days.
Our very deepest condolences to Larry Sr., her children and grandchildren - Our prayers are with all of you.
Cal and Pat Harvey
October 20, 2016
I was so glad to meet you & skeech all those years ago and the rest of Craig Clan miss u and your sense of humor scotty aka nige
scott koenig
October 20, 2016
scott koenig
October 20, 2016
I worked with Mary in Rondout years ago. I was greatly saddened when I heard of her passing. What a beautiful spirit, she will be missed.
Maria Lybolt
October 20, 2016
Tara, Tom, Caitlin, and Jake,
Our deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. We remember your mom's/grandmother's humor, beauty and friendliness. We pray for your strength and faith to get through these difficult times. So so sorry; God took her way too soon. Our love to all of you.
Steve, Karen, Jackie, David, and Danny Garner
October 20, 2016
Our thoughts go out to Larry & the entire Craig family. Mary was a wonderful woman, a kind soul, always happy and always found a way to make others laugh! She will be missed by many and is gone too soon. They just don't make them like that anymore. Our sympathy to all,
~Brian and Jenn Baney
October 20, 2016
I met her in my salon on Stacey's wedding day....great energy she was amazing.....I remember thinking...."it's no wonder Stacey is so special..her Mom is so perfect".....she filled the room with joy and laughter...... everyone Loved her.....I know she is in heaven doing the same. ....our world lost an deepest condolences to the family......
Flo D'aprano
October 20, 2016
My deepest condolences to the family. Mary was a lovely Rondout friend for a very long time. I will miss her.
trudi melamed
October 19, 2016
Your Mom was my Mom for many Summers in Rosendale. My heart , love and prayers go out to all of you!!! She was an awesome lady!!!!♥♥♥
October 19, 2016
This is colleen torres i have so many memories i could not just pic one i loved that lady from head to toe she is one of the best and to the hole family i am praying for you all and to my dear friend stacey i love you and im so sorry that you are hurting i hurt for you also ,,im praying for you all sorry i cant be there but i am in my heart ,,
Colleen Torres
October 19, 2016
RIP Mary I will cherish all the memories I have of youYou will be missed by all God has gained a very special woman you are truly an angel Prayers go out to all of your family, you all will be in my prayers!!
Debbie Greco
October 19, 2016
Our hearts bleed for you. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories of her happy life help guide you through this very difficult time.
Tote and Johnny
October 19, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to Mary's family and friends. May she rest in peace and comfort now.The Jackson Family
Edward, Tami and Ethan Jackson
October 19, 2016
My Dear Family,
My heart has been wrenched out of my chest. I will treasure the few days I spent in Tillson last July.
Mary and I referred to each other as the sister we never had.
Please be assured that Mary is in Heaven, with no more suffering or pain.
She is in the Loving Arms of Our Lord.
You are all in my prayers.
God Bless,
All my Love
Ronnie Hamilton
October 19, 2016
Dear Tara and Family, I am sad to learn of your mother's death. She was way too young and vibrant to leave this earth and all the family and friends who love her. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.
Phyllis Peterson
October 19, 2016
On behalf of the Carroll family of Tillson let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of Mary Craig. To say Mary was one of the happiest women I've ever known would be an understatement. She will always be remembered as a great Mom, neighbor, friend and an incredible Lady verified by her inviting and infectious smile. Believe it or not, she was such a positive influence on me as a young child during all of us Tillsonites growing up together in our neighborhood.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends and always know she touched so many lives in such a positive loving way.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. God Bless to you all!
Bill Carroll
October 19, 2016
with sympathy, Dottie & Web Sherman
So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We were sister-in-laws for 12 yrs, and always part of the large Craig family. RIP
Dottie Sherman
October 18, 2016
Boughton Family
October 18, 2016
my deepest condolences to the family of one of the shining stars of humanity. I will miss her and her wit she used on those rare and precious moments when we were able to visit.
Andrea Newman-Winston
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