NEWMAN – Wilma Mae Craig, 87, of Newman passed away on Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. Pastor Kathy Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Newman Cemetery in Newman.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Wilma was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Douglas County, the daughter of Opal and Charles Wilcoxon. She married Rex Craig on Feb. 13, 1946, at the Newman Christian Church. Two sons, Charles Edward Craig and Gary L. Craig, were born to their marriage.
Rex preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1989, and her son Ed passed away on Jan. 12, 2009.
Surviving Wilma is her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Myrna Craig of St. Joseph; a daughter-in-law, Marcia Craig of Clay City; five grandchildren, Tami Craig-Schilling (Rodney) of Okawville, Ill., Cori (Amanda) Craig of Virginia, Ill., Amy (Aaron) Dufelmeier of Jacksonville, Ill., Ryan (Meghan) Craig and Hilary (Roger) Whitt of St. Joseph; 10 great-grandchildren, Taylor Walton, Lane Schilling, Maddie, Malorie, Sammie and Cayden Craig, Austin and Alex Dufelmeier, Brady and Dylan Craig; and one step-great-granddaughter, Breck (Justin) Kramper.
She also leaves two sisters, Virginia Gallion of Hume and Marilyn (Ronnie) Mohr of Savoy; two brothers, Hugh (Katie) Wilcoxon of Farmington and Mack (Elaine) Wilcoxon of Newman; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Demeris and Inez Goddard of Champaign; and many special nieces and nephews.
Wilma worked most of her adult life as a nurse. She worked at Provena Covenant Medical Center and the Newman Nursing Home.
She loved her family and spending time with them at family dinners, birthdays and holidays. She loved going to fairs to watch three generations show their livestock.
She enjoyed tailgating and watching University of Illinois sports and her favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, on TV.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rex; one son, Charles E. Craig; two brothers; and four sisters.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Newman's First Responders or Newman Christian Church.
The Craig Family would like to thank the many nurses, CNAs and staff at the Champaign County Nursing Home for their wonderful care that Wilma received in the last two months she was there.
Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of arrangements.