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Wilma Irene Cravens
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Wilma Trabue Cravens, age 92, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away in her sleep January 30, 2018, from complications associated with congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis.

Wilma Irene Trabue was the fifth of seven children, born August 4, 1925, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Orville and Elsie Reynolds Trabue. She attended schools in Kansas, Colorado, and Texas. She graduated from Draughon’s Business College in Corpus Christi, Texas. She worked in the accounting departments at Grayhound Bus Station in Texas and at Pelletier’s Department Store in Topeka. She met her future husband, Vernon Cravens, a recovering wounded veteran of World War II, at the USO in Topeka.

The couple married March 17, 1946, and moved to a farm near Mansfield, Missouri, where their three daughters were born. Her husband entered the ministry in the early 1950s and pastored churches in Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. She was extremely active in the churches they served, working with young people in various capacities, teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and Logos. She was also active in church circles and other adult groups.

Mrs. Cravens also worked in several retail businesses, including fabric stores. An excellent seamstress, she often created her own patterns. She was also very patient at teaching others. She also prepared taxes for many years. She was active in the schools her daughters attended. She also taught 4-H cooking classes to girls.

In 1990, Wilma and Vernon retired to Aurora, Missouri, where she continued to be involved in community and church affairs. She was an elder in the Aurora Presbyterian Church and was a 50-year member of PEO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, her husband (who passed away in 1997), and grandson-in-law Anthony Morgheim. She is survived by her three daughters and husbands: Lynette (Lawrence) Jennings, Greenville, Texas; Nancy (George) Freeman, Springfield; LeAnna (Jack) Hoskins, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Mike (Melanie) Jennings, Dallas, Texas; Kathryn (Les) Temple, Mansfield: Web (Adina) Freeman, Republic; Renee Hoskins, Springfield. She has seven great-grandchildren: Zayne and Capriana Jennings, Skye (Vita) Temple, Mason Temple, Isabella and Ava Freeman, and Hayes Morgheim. She has three step-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren, and two great-great granddaughters; and four generations of nieces and nephews.

In the last year of her life, she read 130 books. She enjoyed receiving books from the homebound services the Aurora library provided. A memorial has been established at the Aurora Public Library in her name.

Her family would like to thank their mother’s neighbors, Steve and Angie Bryan and the Leitle family for the many kindnesses shown to Mrs. Cravens through the years; and most especially Roxie Korte for making the last few years of their mother’s life more enjoyable.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home

303 S. Jefferson Ave.
Aurora, MO 65605

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11:30 AM
Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora

2 W Prospect St
Aurora, MO 65605

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Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora

2 W Prospect St
Aurora, MO 65605


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