Virginia Higgins Craig, 92, died peacefully on February 7, 2015, having suffered with Alzheimers for several years. She was born on January 22, 1923, to Andrew Jervie Higgins and Frances Beverly Higgins in Platte City, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 50 years, L. E. “Ed” Craig, brothers David Beverly Higgins, Andrew Jackson Higgins, James McDonald Higgins, baby brother Theodore and one son, David Andrew Craig.
Virginia graduated high school in Platte City, Missouri where she played basketball, ran hurdles, acted in school plays and played trombone in several ensembles. She attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri where she met her husband in the low brass section of the college band. They married in 1943 and moved to Rochester, New York. After several years in New Jersey and Pennsylvania they moved to Oklahoma living first in Pryor, Tulsa and ultimately moving to Oklahoma City in 1966. Ginny was very involved in the community while raising her children. She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She sang in her church choirs and in the ColorTones women’s choir. She volunteered at Sunbeam Family Services and Presbyterian Hospital for many years and was also a docent at the Oklahoma City Art Museum. Ginny went back to school after she raised her children and obtained her undergraduate degree at Southern Nazarene University and a masters degree in Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. She then began her social work career at the Child Study Center at OU hospital where she worked on a team that helped diagnose and find appropriate services for children with disabilities. Even after retirement she continued to work for children and families as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
After her retirement in 1993, she moved to Edmond and joined the Newcomers’ Club and was very active in the book group of that club. She loved to travel and spent many years enjoying travelling throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Throughout her life, Ginny enjoyed the arts. She was a painter and worked with ceramics. She loved to read, play bridge, and attend live music performances and plays.
She is survived by her three children, Jim Craig (wife Julie) of Norman, Oklahoma, Margo Price of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Barbara Craig (husband Lee Lumpkin) of Oberlin, Ohio. She was the proud grandmother of nine: Andrew, Michael, and Steven Craig all of Norman; Emily DeMoss (husband Cody) of Edmond; Matthew Price (wife Lydia) of Oklahoma City; David Price (wife Charlotte) of Houston, Texas; James Price of Edmond; David and Michael Lumpkin both of Oberlin, Ohio; and one great granddaughter, Kate DeMoss of Edmond. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews she was very fond of.
The funeral service will be held at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m . In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to WINGS, a special needs community at 13700 North Eastern Avenue, in Edmond, Oklahoma 73013, or Central Methodist University, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, Missouri 65248.
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