Betty Lenore Craig, 91
(Betty) Lenore Craig died March 14, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, following a short illness. Funeral services were held at John Calvin Presbyterian Church March 18, and interment will be in Marble Falls, Texas. She was 91.
Betty Lenore Fisher was born in 1922, to Betty (Ostrand) and Leander Charles Fisher near Mason City. Later her family moved to Broken Bow, where she graduated high school. She attended Kearney State Teachers College and taught school for three years.Â
Lenore married Warren G. Craig in 1943, and together they had three daughters. They lived in Stapleton and Broken Bow, until they moved to Kingsland, Texas in 1988.Â
Her church and her faith sustained Lenore throughout her life. She was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and a long-time choir member. When she could no longer attend church regularly, she played hymns on the piano on Sunday morning for the other residents of her independent living facility. She wrote poetry and hymns as a past-time, and one of her hymns was sung at her funeral. Â
Combining a love of family and friends with a love for communication, Lenore wrote weekly family newsletters for 20 years and exchanged many letters with her extended family and friends. She was a contributor, reporter, and editor at several Nebraska news outlets including the North Platte Telegraph, the Custer County Chief, and the Stapleton Enterprise. Â
After retirement as Deputy Registrar of Deeds for Custer County, Lenore volunteered as a hospice helper and maintained a ministry to those in nursing homes. Many friends and relatives were recipients of her daily phone calls, emails, and letters.
Lenore was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Lena Tosten, and her brother Dean Fisher.
She is survived by daughters, Betty Ann Adams of San Antonio, Texas, Linda Wilson (JD) of Denver, Colo., and Rita Stuart (Wynn) of Granite Shoals, Texas; by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and by her brother, Gale Fisher and sister, DeVere Mautino.
Published in Custer County Chief, April 10, 2014