Elaine B. Craven

Elaine Beverly Craven, age 93, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Lansing. Elaine was born April 2, 1927 in Lansing, the daughter of John H. and Daisy E. (Mascho) Brethauer. She married Frank La Vern Craven on June 7, 1946 and the two raised five children. In her early years, she worked as an elevator operator for RE Olds. Eventually, she went to work as a cook at the Charlotte Junior High School. She and Frank enjoyed 30 years of annual trips to Harlingen, TX, and time spent together with family in the outdoors, especially camping and even fishing together. They also loved to go out dancing together. Elaine served as a Den Mother for her sons during their Cub Scout years, and as a Bluebird leader with Judy. She was a skilled crafter, creating quilts and Christmas decorations for her family and friends. She was a faithful member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church for many years. Above all, she loved her family, and treasured her 71 ½ years of marriage to Frank before his passing.
Elaine is survived by her sons, Roger (Ruth) Craven of Charlotte and Gregory (Johanna) Craven of Grand Blanc; daughter, Judy (Jim) Greening of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank La Verne Craven in 2017; and her sons, Tim Craven in 1986, and Garry Craven in 2018.
A private family graveside service took place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church or Hope Landing. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Elaine on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.