Helen Craft, 92, of Charleston, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at Meadowbrook Nursing Home. Helen was a 71-year member of Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the Parrish Sunday school class, served on the session and participated in various other church functions. She was past president of the Pilot Club for 10 years, lifetime member of Women of Bream Presbyterian and, above all, 50-year president of THE DO-NOTHING CLUB! She was also a 16-year member of the Carbide Old-Timers Club. For many years she was the administrative assistant for her late husband, Paul, at State Farm Insurance on Charleston's West Side.
Born Sept. 23, 1921, in Virginia, Helen was the daughter of the late Donald and Delana Ryder. She was a graduate of Green Bank High School. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family of one sister, Abbie Grace Warwick, and four brothers, Journey Ryder, Alfred Ryder, Warren Ryder and J.D. Ryder. Her husband, Paul, preceded her in death in 2008.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann Craft Miller (Dale) of Charleston; son, the Rev. Edward Arthur Craft (Kim) of Morgantown; her four grandchildren, Christina Lynn Miller Carr (Jonathan) of Charleston, Catherine Louise Miller Mang (Jeremy) of Kokomo, Ind., Dr. Edward Arthur Craft II (Dr. Tiffany) of North Olmsted, Ohio, and Sarah Elizabeth Craft of Morgantown; and her two great-grandchildren, Audrey Marie Carr and Colton Aubrey Carr of Charleston. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
The family would like to thank Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Charleston and the wonderful home caregivers during the past six years who have provided outstanding care for Helen.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, and one hour prior to the service at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston. A service honoring Helen's life will be held at noon Thursday, June 5, at the funeral home and will be led by family members. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.