Breckenridge Texan

Margaret ‘Nancy’ Craig

Margaret ‘Nancy’ Craig
March 12
09:19 2018

Margaret “Nancy” Alta Hooks Craig of Breckenridge was born June 18, 1924, in Ranger, Texas, to James Willis Hooks and Willie Alta Howard Hooks Clifton. She passed away, peacefully, at her home, on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the age of 93.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Morehart Mortuary at 1101 W. Walker in Breckenridge, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Eastland Cemetery with Jim Caraway officiating. Services have been entrusted to Morehart Mortuary.

Her grandfather insisted she be called Nancy and only in the later years of her life did she begin using Margaret. Margaret “Nancy” grew up in Ranger and attended Ranger High School. One day, at a local café, Margaret met a handsome young man named Talmadge Richard (T. R.) Craig. They began dating and soon fell in love. On July 23, 1939, Margaret “Nancy” married the love of her life, Talmadge Richard (T. R.) Craig in Ranger. They were married for 66 years. She was a loving wife and mother.

Nancy and T. R. first lived in Ranger and then Monroe, Louisiana. In 1984, after T. R. retired, they moved to Breckenridge to enjoy family, friends, traveling around in their RV, and fishing.

Margaret “Nancy” especially enjoyed helping people by enriching their lives. Until she turned 90, every Friday afternoon, she could be found happily volunteering at the Bargain Box. Margaret also had a gift of sewing and needlework. She enjoyed the many hours she and her friends spent at St. Paul United Methodist Church making beautiful hand stitched quilts. She always enjoyed meeting her group of friends for their daily lunch get together. All of her life, Margaret was a furious reader. She especially enjoyed attending the Bible studies and worship times led by Jim Caraway.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband; her sister, Betty Hooks Mielke Cox; step-father, Roy Clifton; step-mother, Jerry Hooks; and step-brother, Mickey Hooks.

Survivors include daughters, Barbara Craig Graff of Odessa and Mary Craig Jones (Vernon) of Houston; step-brother, David Simpson of Brownwood; niece, Barbara Hill (Ken) of Abilene; nephews, James Michael Cloyd (Evelyn) of Oregon, Wayne Cloyd (Darleen) of Oregon and Allen Robinson (Deborah) of Breckenridge; four grandchildren, Deborah Jones Bart (Kevin Miller) of Houston, Sarah Graff Bodner (Jason) of San Antonio, Mitchell Graff (Jessica) of Houston, Richard Jones (Isabel) of Houston; and five great-grandchildren, Crystal Bart of Houston, Ella and Logan Jones of Houston, Jonas Graff of Houston, and Drayton Dallas Bodner of San Antonio.

The family gives special thanks to her loving caregivers: Maria Monroy, Amy Monroy, Maite Roberson, Tona Duran, and Michelle Berrier.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to the Breckenridge Fine Art Center, 207 N. Breckenridge Ave., Breckenridge, TX 76424, one of Margaret’s favorite places. Or, contributions can be made to the Breckenridge Senior Center, 210 N. Smith St., Breckenridge, TX 76424.

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