Dorothy (McComb) Craddock, was born in Augusta November 3, 1924 to the late George B. and Onie Maie (Wortham) McComb. She is predeceased by her husband Robert Forrest Craddock.
She was raised by her grandmother Onie Maie (Brown) Wortham and great-aunt Louise Brown, she lived a simple happy life. At age 11 she went to live with her mother, Maie and step-father, George B. McComb, who adopted her as his own. She attended high school in Summit, NJ. After graduating she was active in the USO while working full-time at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ during WWII.
She went on to marry a young Army Air Corps technical Sargent, Robert of Irvington, NJ. They later settled in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
Dorothy was very active in her church, Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel, The Christian and Missionary Alliance of New Providence, and later, Hershey Free Evangelical and Emmanuel Baptist Church. Her passion in life was collecting antiques, and at one time was part owner in a business called Turkeytown Antiques, with her dear friends, Eileen Kluge and Louise LaSecla.
In the 1970’s she was a member of the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad and the Berkeley Heights Historical Society. Her hobbies included gardening, rug braiding, hand stitched quilting, home decorating, reading, and genealogy.
At age 70, she retired from a long career as executive secretary for the Metropolitan district office of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and moved to Elizabethtown, PA. She was a vibrant, active woman, even into her late 80’s. After hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, she went as a volunteer at age 81 with her church group to help people clean out and save their homes. A trip that she has remembered fondly for years.
She is survived by her children, Robert Mitchell Craddock (Kathie) of Baltimore, MD, Tracy Ellen Craddock of North Plainfield, NJ, Cynthia Craddock Edwards (David) of Elizabethtown, and Melissa Craddock Cunningham of Elizabethtown; 10 grandchildren, Robert Craddock, Jason Craddock, Kate Craddock, Gaetano Mazza, Michael Mazza, Lauren Mazza, Christopher Schaut, Adrian Schaut, Shannon Smith, and Kaleigh Cunningham; 5 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2PM at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 25 Beechwood Ln., Elizabethtown, PA 17022. A time of visitation will be held from 1PM until the start of the service. A graveside service will take place Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11 AM at the Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge, NJ.
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