Skip to comments.Jean Craig, "Tillacum" Has Passed Away
Posted on 05/19/2020 4:03:11 PM PDT by Jemian
Jean was born on June 7, 1930 on her fathers fishing boat halfway between Ketchikan, Alaska and Prince Edward Island. Jean was the oldest of 13 children and was proud of her Alaska Native Heritage. She was a Haida in the Eagle Frog clan and worked in a cannery as a teenager and assisted her father who was a commercial fisherman.
Jean joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and served in administration and as a crew member on transport and medevac flights during the Korean conflict. Following discharge from the Air Force in 1952 she attended Seattle University on the G.I. Bill where she received her nursing degree. Jean worked as a public health nurse in Seattle for a brief period and then became a flight attendant for Pacific Northwest Airlines. She also served as a flight attendant supervisor for Capitol Airways from 1967 until 1969 where she was responsible for transporting G.I.s to and from Vietnam.
Jean served as a U.S. Army personnel specialist in Stuttgart, Germany from 1969 until 1981 and that is where she met her husband Rogers. When Rogers retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1981 they relocated to Marlin, Texas where she became co-owner of Cedar Springs Enterprises (CSE) whose activities included farming, ranching, long haul trucking and the manufacture and packaging of heating and cooking wood products.
Jean retired from CSE in 2005 and became actively involved in a variety of community service activities. She served on the Allen House board and was responsible for establishing a community garden in Marlin. She was active in the Falls County Republican Party, was a member of the American Legion Post 31 and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Lott.
Jean never met a stranger and every day woke up with a smile on her face and she kept it there all day. She was a world traveler, an entrepreneur, an avid reader, a gourmet cook, a talented seamstress, a gracious hostess and an accomplished artist. She lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all who knew her. No sadness please but rather, lift your glass to the memory of a great and wonderful spirit. There is a brand-new star in heaven tonight.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you help someone in need, participate in a charitable cause or make a toast to enduring friendship. Jean would have liked that.
Ping to the ATRW list. We lost a FRiend.
Thanks. Such a sweet lady.
Rest In Peace Till
Sounds like a wonderful lady.
Thank you for posting this in memoriam.
Another FReeper gone. Sigh.
What a full and wonderful life.
And now, she sees the King of Kings, face to face.
Thanks for posting. RIP. Prayers up for all who grieve for her.
Say hi to Toby , till.
Me, as well.
Here was and is a strong woman, a woman of character. Her life deserves to be celebrated, and remembered. I do not fear strong women, I support and love them.
Thanks Jem for putting this up for Jean /Til... she was a spry gal for approaching 90. And as you said, many of us will meet for first time at the throne.. won’t that be cool? (and we have already met but the reunions will also be great)
Great lady; wish I’d taken note of some of her posts.
Such an accomplished life. Rest in peace.
A life well lived. An eternity of joy just beginning
FReeper Tillacum has passed. One for the Memorial Wall.
Thanks for the ping.
See you on the other side.
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