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Barbara Craig
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Earlene Craig
1945 - 2019
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Obituary for Earlene Craig

Earlene Craig
BARBARA “EARLENE” (FORD) CRAIG
Born January 20th, 1945 and crossed over to her home in heaven February 1st, 2019.

This is the story of the life of Barbara Craig affectionately known as Earlene to so many.

She was a wonderful woman that was loved and is now missed and will forever be cherished by countless friends, family and acquaintances. Her grandchildren called her their pretty Nana and her husband called her his beautiful wife and bride. She was an amazing mom, sister and a stylish lady of fashion, who shared her passion for fashion with other women throughout her life.

Earlene’s story begins on January 20, 1945 when she became the 2nd oldest child to Eddie and Martha Ford, and though she was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma she grew up on her parent’s dairy farm in Collinsville, Oklahoma. There she attended grade school in a small town named Vera, and then later graduated from Collinsville High School.

Church for her began in the Friends Church in Vera but later that church relocated to Collinsville, OK where years later it became A Glorious Church Fellowship AGCF or GC today. She was always an active faithful member as the grandmother she so loved Elsie Ford played a big part in establishing that church and her daddy Eddie Ford mortgaged his farm and physically helped to build the church. As a teenager she won a trip to a Christian Bible Camp for learning Bible verses. Later she would become an ordained minister of this church in 1999 before traveling with her husband to Africa. And in 2009 she moved to St Louis, MO where she and her husband joined Twin Rivers Worship Center TRWC and became Life group pastors to a small group of members now in its eighth year.

Earlene liked to be on the phone because her first job was with Southwestern Bell in Bartlesville, OK and the night before she was to enter Glory her niece had a dream that she was on a phone making the call on whether to go on with Jesus or come spoil us with her presence some more. She had various jobs throughout her career and had an entrepreneurial spirit as she had her own day care and later had her own women’s boutique. In the middle she spent many years in the jewelry business as she was so influenced by her Aunt Betty Oaks. Ministry had her for a season when she worked closely with Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin in his Rhema Bible College, while carpooling with the now Dr. Billye Brim. Her Daddy was employed there as well. Then for another season she was Pastor Lee Morgans secretary at A Glorious Church Fellowship. At some point she began a women’s meeting in her home which later was in a hotel meeting room and eventually ended up at AGCF. Though she loved retail and jewelry sales her real love was the business she began in 2005 which she named “My Secret Closet”. The business had a supernatural beginning and her years of practice in shopping made her somewhat of an expert in helping others who patronized her shop. Beginning as a consignment shop, she first stocked it with her own collection of clothing and accessories from home. Later she added resale items and eventually she went to the Dallas Market, where she began to buy wholesale and then retail new items.

Her business card read: “Tenderly worn and delicately adorned, clothes for the Virtuous Woman” and it was as much a ministry for women as it was a business.

Earlene and her husband Richard had the privilege of traveling to Israel with Billye Brim and Pastor Lee on the trip where AGCF purchased the resort and land on the north side of the Sea of Galilee and partook to in a banquet on the grounds celebrating the acquisition. She visited St. Louis often to visit her son in law, daughter and grandchildren and at Christmas of 2008 her husband spotted a house for sale two doors south. Little did she know her husband had made a deal with the Lord to buy it and move her next to them.

Now retired from retail and self-employment, she began to decorate (over and over) her new home and begin a new career in gardening. She loved to be outside working with flowers and rearranging bricks in the yard. Tables with umbrellas and backyard barbecues with family really piqued her interest. Wind socks, pinwheels and wind chimes? The more the merrier. There is no denying that Earlene loved her husband and that she could be so close to her other family, but her daughter and grandchildren gave her extremely great pleasure and brought joy to her heart. They too loved their special time spent at Nana’s.

Her life Journey was guided by her Father Eddie Earl Ford and her Mother Martha Louise (Pool) Ford and influenced by her siblings who will ever miss her until we all gather again in Glory.

Her oldest sister with whom she spoke almost daily was Carolyn Parker who lives in Mississippi with her husband Coon.

Her younger brother Kenneth “Paul” Ford of Port Richey, FL.
Her three younger sisters: Shirley Miller and her husband Lee Miller of Owasso, OK; Suzy Cox and her husband Alan of Owasso, OK and Linda Dildine of Collinsville, OK.

Her twenty grandchildren: Jordann Ostriem, Baylee Ostriem, Kyndall Ostriem, Matthew Mullen, Shay Mullen, Breanna Driver, Chelsey Meador, Sean Reynolds, Corey Reynolds, Brett Reynolds, Breille Reynolds, Caleb Wallace, Chaylen Craig, Kirsten Craig, Preston Frances, Gabby Craig, Jude Craig, Jenna Williams, Ryann Williams and Mason Miller / One Great Granddaughter October Raye Eidt.

Her children: Tina (Craig) Ostriem and husband Bryan, Barbara (Adams) Mullen and husband Jim, Britni (Craig) Husband and husband Jim, Julie (Craig) Wallace and husband Chuck, Chris Craig and wife Amy, Jaret Craig and wife Jacqueline, Kristi (Craig) Williams and husband Jon, Mandy (Craig) Miller and husband Josh, Chandra (Craig) Russell and husband Kyle.

Plus multiple nieces and nephews, too many to mention here, but come and meet them all at one of her grand memorial services.

Thursday 2/7/2019 1pm in Collinsville OK at A Glorious Church Fellowship 915 N 19th Street.

Friday 2/15/2019 5:30pm in St Louis MO at Twin Rivers Worship Center (Banquet Room) 10575 Tesson Ferry Road.
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