Craft, Elaine Adelai, 86, Elaine was born on August 22,1928 in Topeka, Kansas to Frank and Gladys Ogle. She grew up with her younger brother, James, in Kansas City. Her older brother, Frank, Sr. died in infancy. Elaine attended school in Kansas City where her love of art and music blossomed. She met Floyd Craft at Center High School where their love grew and they married on December 27, 1947. The family moved frequently since he was in the Army Air Force. Elaine’s life revolved around the birth of her children. Their first child, Dianne, was born December 11, 1948 in El Paso Texas. Her second child, James, was born December 12, 1950. In August, 1950, while pregnant with James, she contracted polio and become disabled for life. Their third child, Michelle, was born in Tucson, Arizona on June 7, 1953. Shortly thereafter the family relocated to Overland Park, Kansas then moved to Southern California for better weather when Floyd accepted a position in aerospace in 1955. Their fourth child, John, was born November 22, 1955 in Long Beach. While living in Long Beach, Elaine was very active in the Saint Maria Goretti parish. She was very proud of the fact that the rest of their children were all born at the Catholic Hospital, St. Mary’s in Long Beach. Her fifth child Marianne was born June 2, 1958, her sixth child, Teresa, was born November 7, 1959, her seventh child, Patrick, was born June 30, 1961, and her eighth child, Cristina, was born January 18,1964. In 1969 Elaine and Floyd moved to their dream home in Huntington Beach. Along the way, she managed to continue the education she started at William Jewel College earning an AA Degree in Religious Studies in the early 1980's. Elaine was well-known for her involvement in numerous community organizations. She once ran for City Council, served on the Orange County Grand Jury in 1986, and was the host of the locally broadcasted television show called Huntington Beach Horizons that featured noted artists from the local area, the Women’s Club, Huntington Beach Historical Society, Coordinating Council, Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce and many Arbor Day Celebrations in addition to the church choir and her card club. Her family life was rich with love and lots of activities. Elaine was an accomplished communicator and had the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face. She loved the Church and her greatest enjoyment came from singing in the choir. On June 16, 2015, Elaine was called to join her husband, son, parents and brothers in heaven. She leaves a family legacy of her seven surviving children, 23 grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Elaine’s life exemplifies love of family, church, and community. She passed away peacefully, succumbing to respiratory complications due to post-polio syndrome. She will always be loved and remembered. A Funeral Mass will be held on June 30. 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church 20444 Magnolia Street Huntington Beach, CA, US A Celebration Gathering will take place at the Newland House immediately following the Mass.


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