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Our precious Mom and Grandma, Janice Y. Craft-Addison, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on May 8th, at the age of 79, in Houston, Texas. Born September 13, 1937 in Palestine, Tx. to S.L. (Don) and Sammie Nell Craft, Sr., she was blessed with two siblings, Elizabeth Nell (Jack W.) Davis and Don Craft, Jr. (Dian). They shared many years of love and wonderful holiday celebrations that included her nieces and nephews...Stan, Sherrie & Steve Davis and Kristi & Sam Craft.
Mrs. Craft-Addison is preceded in death by both her loving husband of the last nearly twenty-five years, Thomas M. Addison (2011), and her youngest daughter, Holly Jan Scoby (2006).
Survivors include her eldest daughter, Elizabeth Elayne (Glen) Rust, and three grandchildren: Chase Rust, Adam (Emily) Rust, and Lori (Michael) Gudyka, with their twins, Kennedy & Kassidy Gudyka being her great-granddaughters.
She is also survived by two step-daughters, Sandra (Tim) Jenkins & Dawn (Doug) Brock along with five grandchildren (Beau, Melanie & Jennifer Jenkins (Jey) Clegg and Andrew & Nicholas Brock) as well as two great-grandchildren (Cammi & Grant Clegg).
Graduating in 1955, Janice performed as a majorette with the Palestine High School Band and represented the area as Miss Anderson County.
Upon moving to Houston, Tx. in the late 1950's, she began a twenty year career owning and operating dance & baton twirling studios in Houston, Deer Park and Palestine, Tx. Her students won State Championship titles in both twirling and drill team competitions and
performed in parade events around the U.S.
She returned to formal education in 1978, earning both B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Secondary Education from the University of Houston Clear Lake ('82 and '84). Her passion and talent for the arts led her to become a middle school art teacher for the next ten years in Marietta and Douglasville, Georgia. During this time, she was honored as the Outstanding Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Educators Assn. She was often selected to teach workshops and attend summer internship programs at the nationally acclaimed Savannah College of Art and Design.
Upon her retirement to Hilton Head, S.C., she remained active as a volunteer in the local arts community, hosted sea turtle night walks with the Costal Conservation League, and enjoyed travel to distant beaches and mountains. In 2012, Mrs. Craft-Addison returned to Friendswood, Tx to live close to her daughter and family.
Graveside services will be held 3:00 PM, Friday, May 12, 2017, at Palestine City Cemetery. Visitation will be before the service, from 1:30 to 2:30 at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
To view online leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 11, 2017
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