Dorothy M. Craven, 83, worked for Gibson Greeting Cards, volunteer crocheter, traveler

By on July 19, 2017

Dorothy M. Craven, 83, of Ephrata, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

She was the wife of Gary L. Craven, with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage on Jan. 1, 2017.

Dorothy was the daughter of Edward and Marie Blackwell of Neptune, N.J. She was born in Hugo, Okla., and moved to Bradley Beach, N.J., in 1941 where she attended Asbury Park High School.

She was a member of Mohler Church of the Brethren. Dorothy worked for Gibson Greeting Cards before retiring in 1996. She enjoyed traveling, photography, and crocheting prayer shawls for Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital and blankets for the Lancaster Humane Society.

In addition to her husband, Dorothy is survived by her daughter: Nancy of Ephrata; her son: Wayne, husband of Terri, of Thornhurst; a granddaughter: Marie; and two great-grandchildren: Naomi and Nathan, all of Lakewood, N.J.; a step-grandson: Thomas Kosich of Toms River, N.J.; a sister: JoAnn, wife of Richard Bridge, of Delaware; and many nieces and nephews,

A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 20, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Mohler Church of the Brethren, 21 E. Mohler Church Road, Ephrata, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., with Pastor Carl L Brubaker officiating. Interment will take place in the Mohler Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Mohler Church of the Brethren, 21 E. Mohler Church Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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