Meadville Tribune

January 19, 2013

Bettye J. Craven

Meadville Tribune

ERIE — Bettye J. Craven, 82, formerly of Emeritus of Lakewood, N.Y., passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Brevillier Village Assisted Living Facility, Erie.

A Jamestown, N.Y., area resident for the past 27 years, she was born June 14, 1930, in Meadville, a daughter of the late Chester and Margaret Johnson VanSlyke. She married William R. Craven on May 24, 1954. He preceded her in death Sept. 12, 2010.

She was a graduate of Meadville High School and was a member of Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown.

Survivors include a daughter, Christa Craven (Jill Shaffer) of Erie; two sons, Vernon (Lynn McLane) Craven of Frewsburg, N.Y., and Kenneth (Christina Erdley) Craven of Kittanning; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Andrew) Nelson of Erie, Autumn (Brian) Hagberg of Colorado Springs, Colo., Nick Craven and Alex Craven, both of Kittanning; a great-grandson, Caleb Nelson; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bonita Quackenbush; and two brothers, Raymond and Milton VanSlyke.

Calling hours are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lind Funeral Home, 805 W. Third St., Jamestown.

The funeral will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Steve Kilburn of Zion Covenant Church, Jamestown, officiating.

Burial will be in Greendale Cemetery, Meadville.

Memorials may be made to Zion Covenant Church, 520 Fairmount Ave. W.E., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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