Helen R. Crafford
- May 20, 1924 - April 28, 2012
- Williamsburg, Virginia
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“My condolences to Joe and the family. Though I did not have the pleasure of knowing Helen, except through Joe I know what a wonderful person she was...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Tom Hardin - Williamsburg, VA
“Our hearts go out to Joe Crafford and his family today for the loss of a very fine lady of whom we should all strive to imitate in our own lives. The...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: D'arcy Terry - Denbigh, VA
“I remember some of those days way back when Helen and Joe would come to see us. Also all the other half brothers and sisters. My prayers go out to...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Rex Raper - Wilson, NC
“I have such wonderful memories of Aunt Helen. When I was young we spent many summers getting together with our families. She helped raise my dad,...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Patricia R. Smith - Mauldin, SC
“We will always have fond memories of seeing Helen at various family gatherings over the years. We will miss her. Our deepest sympathies to Joe,...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Mark & Sally Weber - Naperville, IL
Helen Raper Crafford died on April 28, 2012 at the age of 87, the last of 9 siblings. She was born on May 20, 1924, in Wilson County, North Carolina, the daughter of sharecropper Mallie Elmer Raper and Martha Lutoria Raper. Helen was a resident of Lee Hall and Williamsburg for more than 60 years. She was a loving wife and mother who trained as a registered nurse in the WWII Cadet Nurse Corps at Lewis Gale Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, worked at the Marine Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, and also worked as a school nurse in the Newport News Public Schools. She was a longtime member of Lebanon Christian Church in Lee Hall.
Mrs. Crafford is survived by her husband, Joseph C. Crafford of Williamsburg; sons, J. Carter Crafford, Jr. and his wife Lynn of Fairfax, Virginia, and Glenn W. Crafford and his wife Susan of Darien, Connecticut; grandsons, Ian Crafford and Nathan Crafford of Fairfax County, Virginia, and James Crafford of Darien, Connecticut; granddaughters, Shelley Ruano of Stamford, Connecticut, and Elizabeth Crafford and Meredith Crafford of Darien, Connecticut; and half-brothers, Chris Raper and Rex Raper of Wilson, North Carolina.
A burial ceremony for family and friends will be held at Williamsburg Memorial Park Cemetery at 1PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the building fund at Lebanon Christian Church, 409 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA 23603.