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Eva Craig, a pillar of the community

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2013

Evans and Eva Craig
After years of searching, Eva Mae Craig finally returned to her husband, Evans “Pete” Craig, (who passed in 2010) on Oct. 3 in Page.

Eva was born in Shiprock in 1933. She grew up there and went to St. Michaels Boarding School in Window Rock, Ariz., Navajo Nation. She continued her schooling as a nurse, where she met her future husband, Evans “Pete” Craig, while he was in the Army. Later, while he was in the Air Force, she married him in Shiprock and was with him while he served our country in the Korean War. During this time, she worked as a Nurse at night and raised her five children during the day. She was married to him for 56 years.

Eva eventually returned to the Navajo Nation as a head nurse at the Farmington Hospital, Shiprock Hospital, and Kayenta Clinic, as well as running the Inscription House Clinic for more than 25 years at Public Health Service. Eva moved to Page 28 years ago and quickly became a pillar of the community, supporting her husband, Pete Craig, at the Page Country Club and the Page Elks Lodge.

Eva was a devoted Catholic throughout her life and attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of Page every week. Eva loved her family and is survived by her four daughters & son: Eva Jennifer Craig, Evans H, Craig Jr., Evangeline Mary Craig, Ellen Ann Craig and Elaine M (Craig) Sterner. She also loved her chihuahuas and is survived by Pedro and Romeo. Eva will be missed by the Navajo Nation and especially by the whole Page community.

Eva Craig’s Memorial Service will be held at the Page Elks Lodge # 2498 at 801 Aqua at 2 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at the National Bank of Arizona.

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