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Ann O’Malley Craig, age 72, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on May 4 ,2021 in Rochester MN after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1948 to Paul and Marcie O’Malley (both deceased). Most of her childhood years were in Marion, IN where she graduated from Bennett High School in 1966. She then attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, CO and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
After moving to Columbia, SC, to pursue graduate studies at the University of South Carolina, she met Jack Craig. They fell in love and were married in 1972. They were gifted with two children, Jason and Jacqueline. Ann was tremendously devoted to her family. Her homemaking skills manifested this. A Craig home was always clean, comfortable, and a delight to the eye. Ann loved to cook and provide wonderful meals for her family, extended family, friends, and guests. An invitation to one of Ann’s meals was a real treat. Ann made certain everyone was comfortable, engaged, and enjoying themselves.
She was also devoted to her family’s business enterprises and charity work. After Jack’s early working years with the Essex Wire Company of Fort Wayne, IN, they started several business enterprises together. In 1984 they moved to Princeton NJ and purchased the electrical wholesaler E.H Canis & Sons. In addition to her full time sales work at Canis, Ann organized the Princeton Day School’s “Nearly New” Thrift Shop, which became a major financial resource for the school. In 1991 E.H. Canis was sold and the Craigs moved to Atlanta, GA. Jack worked for several electrical wire companies until 2007, when Jack and Ann started a new business, Craig Wire Products LLC, which currently makes magnet wire in Douglasville, GA
Ann and Jack divided their time between Atlanta, GA; Horton Bay, MI; and Jackson Hole, WY. Their Michigan lake home was especially important to her, after spending many trips and summers in northern Michigan both as a child and with her own children. She had participated in many activities – horseback riding, tennis, golf, sailing, water sports, snow skiing, and always had a love of travel but one constant pleasure was sitting on her porch looking at the water. Ann’s final resting place overlooks Lake Michigan.
Ann is survived by her husband Jack Craig, their son Jason (Amanda), their daughter Jacqueline (Fletcher), three grandchildren, her sister Jane Kluczkowski, and brothers Paul and Kevin O’Malley.
Funeral services will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer research. Gifts may be made via credit card online at:www.mayoclinic.org/giving-to-mayo-clinic, by calling (855) 852-8129, or by check, payable to Mayo Clinic, mailed to: Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
Arrangements are in the care of the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com
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