A native of Trigg County, she was born January 18, 1925, the daughter of the late Bluford Earl and Mildred Hawkins Thomas.
A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas, on Wednesday, July 5, 2006. The body was donated to science.
She lived in Virginia many years.
Mrs. Cravens, along with her husband, Rev. James T. Cravens, were appointed by the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to serve in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where they were instrumental in establishing numerous Baptist churches.
Following retirement, they returned to Virginia to serve the Shenandoah Association until appointed by the Foreign Mission Board as Auxiliary Missionary to Zambia, Africa.
After returning to the states, they served as Camp Missionaries at Camp Little Crossroads in Virginia for eight summers.
Mrs. Cravens was a Lifetime member of The Thomas-Bridges Association in Trigg County. She served as President of the Mother's Club at Southern Seminary, President of the Virginia Ministers' Wives, President of the Women's Missionary Union of the Pennsylvania-South Jersey Convention and was a Director of United Way in Front Royal, Virginia.
She was a graduate of Trigg County with the class of 1941 and continued her education at Andrew Jackson Business College in Nashville. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Earl Thomas in 1934.
In addition to her husband she is survived by a son and wife, James E. and Linda B. Cravens, Boston, Maryland; a daughter Karen E. Cravens and husband, Ted Campbell of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter, Gina Cravens Felts and husband, John of Frisco, Texas; seven grandchildren, Justin Thomas Cravens and wife, Rachel, Boston, Maryland; Marisa Earle Cravens, Oakland, California, Jason Felts, Calabasas, California, Casey Felts, Colorado, Logan and Joe Felts, Frisco, Texas, Sheila Campbell, Cincinnati, Ohio, a sister, Elizabeth Thomas Anthony and husband, Allen V. Anthony, Ft. Davis, Texas, and a special friend, Justin Berfield.
Memorials may be made to The Thomas-Bridges Association, Scholarship Fund, c/o Gillis Bridges, 433 Edgewood Dr., Cadiz, Ky. 42211 or American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10306.