Paula Kay Craft, 63 of Wichita Falls, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta with Rev. Randy Osborn, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.
Paula was born Jan. 1, 1951 in Henrietta to the late Roy and Peggy Rodgers. She attended Henrietta schools and graduated from Midwestern State University with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Bellevue and Henrietta schools for 37 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta.
Paula married David Craft in 1972. They traveled to more than 70 countries together and Paula would use these trips to enrich her classroom activities. Not many people would believe how adventurous she was. Although she could not swim, she went river rafting in Peru and then just laughed when David overturned their snowmobile in Iceland. One of her many highlights include feeding a baby panda while visiting China. The panda was sitting in her lap and in photographs it appears the baby was as big as she was. Paula and David also included their children in their traveling adventures. The couple took their three children to 48 states and Canada as well as England and Scotland.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Peggy Rodgers; in-laws, Jacob and Betty Craft; and two sisters, Sherry Gemar and Brenda Weaver.
Survivors include her husband, David Craft of Wichita Falls; two sons, Charlie Craft and wife Melissa of Bowie, and Colin Craft and wife Karshia of Wichita Falls; one daughter, Jaclyn Craft Malone and husband D.J. of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Carla Moore and husband David Earl of Henrietta, and Claudette Thornton and husband Todd of Stillwater, Okla.; three brothers, Kerby Rodgers and wife Elaine of Henrietta, Randy Rodgers of Petrolia, and Mark Satterfield and wife Karla of Wichita Falls; and six grandchildren.
The family will be at Davis Funeral Home from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 2304 Midwestern Parkway Ste. 206, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; the First Baptist Church Choir, P.O. Box 544, Henrietta, Texas 76365; Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; or the Animal Shelter of your choice.