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Obituary: Evelyn Camp Craig, Columbus

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Longtime Wooster, Ohio, resident Evelyn Camp Craig passed away on August 13, 2013, in Hope, Indiana. She was 104 years old.

Evelyn was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the eldest child of Ray and Verdie Camp. She grew up in Dalton, Ohio, and as a high school student starred on volleyball and basketball teams.

She attended the College of Wooster, leaving to teach at Pokeberry School, a one-room schoolhouse near Dalton, adjacent to her grandfather’s farm. In 1931 she married William C. Craig. They resided first in Bexley, Ohio, where Bill taught at Capital University. In 1944 they moved back to Wooster where Bill served his alma mater as chairman of the Department of Speech and Theatre for some three decades.

Evelyn was known in Wooster as a gracious hostess to students, faculty, alumni and friends. She was an avid bridge player, gardener, knitter and book club member. Mrs. Craig was active in Presbyterian Churches and served as a trustee at First Church in Wooster.

She moved from Wooster in 1995 to be near her son Rob and his wife Sharon in Washington, D.C., then on to Santa Fe and finally to the Columbus, Indiana, area.

Bill Craig preceded her in death in 1971, as did her brother, Ellis Camp, in 1999, and her sister, Lela Amstutz, in 2008.

Evelyn is survived and missed by her two sons, Scott of Leland, Michigan, and Rob of Albuquerque, N.M. Niece Cyndi Camp Silva and nephew Bruce Amstutz also survive her. The loss is felt by four grandchildren, Jennifer Knight, Amy Coleman, Callie Craig, and Will Craig, and their families. Seven great-grandchildren were fortunate to know her.

Evelyn led a long, happy, active and healthy life. She felt remarkably blessed and told her family so as she celebrated her 104th birthday in April of this year. A memorial service will be held September 21, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Indiana, where she was a member. A family graveside service will be held in Wooster, Ohio, in the near future.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

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