Abbie Louise Craven (née. Lightfoot) went to be with The Lord on August 25th, 2017. Abbie was born May 17th, 1922 in Mountain Home, Idaho. She grew up in Payette, ID and graduated from Payette HS in 1941 then completed nurses training in Boise, ID at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1944. She met Francis G. Craven, a young Army Air Corp Aviation Cadet, in 1941 and they married Sept. 14, 1944 in Riverside, CA. Frank and Abbie raised three loving children and were married to each other for 70 years. Abbie was a dedicated wife and mother, active in her faith and passionate in her work as a registered nurse. Abbie enjoyed playing piano, singing in the church choir and encouraging each of her children to pursue their own music interests. After starting their married lives together in California during WWII, Abbie and Frank lived many places including Boise ID, Great Falls, MT, Oklahoma City, OK, and Longmont, CO but the place they lived the longest was their place of retirement in Fredericksburg, TX where they made so many friends and wonderful memories. Abbie retired from nursing after 28 years but continued to work for another 25 years at the Peach Basket, a health food store in Fredericksburg. She always remained active, jogging or power walking every day, attending church, socializing with friends, traveling with her husband and visiting her children. Abbie and Frank moved back to Oklahoma City in 2009 to be near children.
Abbie is preceded in death by her husband, Francis G. Craven, her brothers Claire Lightfoot and David Lightfoot. She is survived by her three children, Heather Waldrop, John Edward (Marne) and Dr. Pamela Craven Hamilton (Stephen F.).
The family especially wishes to thank Caregiver Connection, The Eden Care Homes, Physician’s Choice Hospice and all the devoted caregivers who improved our Mother’s quality of life these past few years.
She was dearly loved by all her family and friends and will be held in our hearts forever.
Services will be private.
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”