Arlene Yvonne DeShazor Craig

Aug 14, 1923 - Jan 29, 2014

Arlene Yvonne DeShazor Craig , 90, was called home Jan. 29, 2014. At the time of her passing she lived in Sarasota, Fla., where she moved in 2002 with her son Stephen who cared for her until her death.

She was born in Troy, Ala., on Aug. 14, 1923, to James Samuel DeShazor and Era Mae Smith DeShazor.

Arlene was married to the late Ernest D. Craig for 38 years until his death in 1978. She lived a full life that included raising nine children. She enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, and singing. She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother who cherished spending time with her children, extended family, and friends.

She worked for the Philco Electric Plant until it closed and for the Erie County Election Board. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She had an unwavering faith in God and was involved in the church. Arlene helped form the Wee-Too Club in Soldiers Home, Ohio. She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Democratic Party of Erie County.

Arlene is survived by two daughters, Marva L. Johnson and Janet A. (Moses) Croom, both of Sandusky; seven sons, Ernest R. (Hilda) Craig of Akron, Ohio, Robert W. Craig of Orlando, Fla., Jeffrey E. (Thelma) Craig of Aurora, Colo., Stephen T. Craig of Sarasota, Michael A. (Karen) Craig of Apex, N.C. , Bryan A.  (Belon) Craig of Coupeville, Wash., and Dr. Byron B. Craig of Bloomington, Ind.; loving cousins, Mary Lundy of Sandusky, Pam (Willie) Pentorn of Louisville, Ky., and Jimmy L. (Marlene) Baker of Woodbridge, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest D. Craig; a daughter in infancy; great-grandson, Jared Croom; father, James Samuel Deshazor; mother, Era Mae Humphrey; step father, Thomas Humphrey; step mother, Plessie DeShazor; one brother, Asia DeShazor; and her dear friend, Claudie Koonce.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, until funeral services at 1 p.m., in Harvest House Missionary Baptist Church, (First Presbyterian Church), 265 Jackson St., Sandusky. Minister Zachary Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky is handling arrangements. Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family at

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