Mary Cornelia Craig

Mary Cornelia Craig was born on 8 February 1957 in Washington, D.C. to Alvin E. Craig and Catherine Shear Craig. She was raised in Arlington, Virginia, with an older sister and a younger sister. She graduated from Yorktown High School in 1974. She worked a variety of jobs over the years, but her most recent and favorite one was with the Navy Federal Credit Union in Winchester, Virginia. She married her loving husband Dennis Carnahan in October 1995, and they moved to Front Royal, Virginia, in 2000. She loved nature and animals, and was the happiest at their cabin in Sugar Grove, West Virginia. She enjoyed many activities, such as being a Master Gardener and a Tree Steward for many years and working the polls for various elections. She passed away at her home on 10 May 2019. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Dennis Carnahan, two loving sisters, Caroline Craig and Elizabeth Craig, a loving brother-in-law, Richard Welch, an aunt, Patricia Pylypec, and many other dear cousins and relatives. Mary was also a loving Mom to her “fur babies” Bailey, Josie, Jett, Frisky, and Freckles. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

A viewing for family and friends will be held at Maddox Funeral Home on Main Street in Front Royal, Virginia, on Thursday, 16 May 2019, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  13 comments for “Mary Cornelia Craig

  1. Peggy
    May 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Dennis, we were so sorry to hear about Mary. Thinking of you and her family. Love, Peggy, Tommy, Timothy, Tyler & Crystal

    • Stacy Donnelly
      May 15, 2019 at 12:57 am

      Dear Dennis,
      Very saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. Mary was such a caring person and will be greatly missed. Prayers of comfort to you and all family. Love, Stacy

  2. Jean Patton
    May 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Mary was a great Chief to work with at the poles, always wearing her red, white and blue shirt and earrings. I will always think of Mary each year as my Day Lillies return that she gave me.

  3. CJ
    May 15, 2019 at 12:16 am

    My condolences to the family. Mary will be truly missed.

  4. Melissa Bosacco
    May 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    My sincere condolences to Mary’s family and heartfelt prayers to uplift them during this difficult time of loss. May God comfort you.
    From a fellow gardener at Blandy Community Garden.

  5. Corinne Via
    May 15, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    My condolences to Mary’s family during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers.

  6. Rick Winters
    May 16, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Dennis, please accept our condolences. Mary was such a special lady and will be missed by her work “family”. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. Rest In Peace Mary!

  7. Laurie Strollo
    May 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. My heartfelt prayers go out to Dennis, Caroline, Elizabeth, Richard, and all those who cherished her. As a family friend, I remember Mary as a vibrant young woman. In her mature years, I found a sense of renewal in her love of animals and of nature’s beauty. Her endearing spirit will be missed.
    “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” -William Wordsworth

  8. Katie Bradford
    May 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary. Reading this made me feel like I knew her. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Thinking of you and your family with love.

  9. Emily Blake-Kessel
    May 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Until you meet again,
    “Let there be Light”

  10. carla repici
    May 16, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Dennis, my deepest condolences. So very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I was fortunate to have lunch with her in April after she contacted me. I had not seen her in many years but she saw me in Dr. Byrd’s office and I did not recognize her. We worked together at the elections for some years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mary Rest in Peace.

  11. Stephen Hicks
    May 17, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Mary was a wonderful person and will be missed. She was in my math class in high school . she was one of the great people of this world and was taken from us to soon. Prayers to her family.

  12. Deborah Chapins
    May 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm


    I will always remember all of the GREAT Times we had in the Mountains, they will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Mary. I loved you so very much.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *