Mary Barbara Chris­tiana Craig, 68, of Tillson

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

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. (www.GJMoy­lanFuner­alHome.com)

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