Margery Elizabeth (Craig) Schaaf, 90, of Sahuarita, AZ, died Friday, March 29, 2013 at San Jose De Batuc, Sonora, Mexico of acute respiratory failure, obstructive pulmonary disease & pulmonary edema.
“Marge” as she was affectionately called by family & friends was born on the Feighner farm at Spring Creek Mesa (Montrose County) on December 11, 1922, Montrose, Colorado, the middle daughter of three girls of Paul and Elda (Feighner) Craig of Gateway, Colorado. On August 31, 1947 in Encampment, WY she married Millard William Schaaf, of Hope, KS, who died, June 25, 2007 at Romsey, Winchester area of Southampton, England where they traveled in remembrance of his USA military service during World War II. The trip home on the Queen Mary II was in celebration of their 60 years of marriage. Marge also served our country enlisting in the American Nurse’s Corp, as a Second Lieutenant, during World War II from 1944-1946.
She spent her grade school years in a one-room school at Gateway, CO spending her summers at her parent’s ranch at Spring Creek Mesa. She was a tom-boy at heart and would have rather been outside helping her dad farm, helping put up hay, or riding her horse, Tony a red bay horse with black mane and tail, to herd the milk cows & round up the cattle. She graduated from Montrose High School in May, 1940. She continued her education by obtaining her registered nursing degree from Denver General Hospital at Denver, CO, graduating in 1944. She was a private nurse as well as working in hospitals where ever Millard’s job landed them. She retired from the Lompoc, CA Hospital in 1987, and continued to be a substitute nurse “on call” for several years. She was a member of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church, Sahuarita, AZ. She and her husband were members of the Brougham Roamer Camping Group traveling all over the United States. In 2007 Marge authored a book that she had written about growing up during the Pioneer Days of her parents years 1873-1979 and her years in Colorado 1922-1966: “My Growing Up Memories of the Uncompaghre and Gateway, Colorado”. She had a book signing at Gateway, CO in 2008.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son KC (Karl Craig) & wife Julie Schaaf, her grandsons Brian (Jennifer) Schaaf and Trevor Schaaf, step-grandchildren: Sarah Porter and Joey Porter all of CA; sister-in-law Dorothy (Bob) Gresham of Bennett, CO; brother-in-law Gene (Deanna) Schaaf of Paola, KS. Nephews: Richard (Heidi) Gresham of Beaumont, TX; Jon Gresham (Kathy) of Bennett, CO; Kendall (Patty) Schaaf of Prairie Village, KS; and a great nephew Asa Schaaf. Nieces: Sharon (Gresham) & Gerry Jeffery of McPherson, KS; Kari (Schaaf) & Todd Wallentine of Manhattan, KS; Margaret Ann (Schaaf) & Bob Brussat of Kingman, AZ; Cindy (Schaaf) & Denny Heck of Highlands Ranch, CO. She also leaves dear friends Victor and Linda Rabago of San Jose De Batuc, Sonora, Mexico and Toni (Pierson) Schaaf of CA. Nephews: Michael (Sharon) Mendicelli, Daniel Mendicelli, Pat Mendicelli, Diane Waldenmarsh and Daryl Divine and other relatives all of Grand Junction, CO.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters and brother-in-laws: Alice (Craig) & Miles Divine and Marilea (Craig) & Louis Mendicelli; nephew Steve Mendicelli and brother-in-law & wife Eldred & Mary Schaaf.
Cremation in San Jose De Batuc, Sonora, Mexico. Military grave side services will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hope Cemetery by Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, Hope, KS & services provided by Pastor John Riebhoff, of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Hope Cemetery, Hope, KS..
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Margery Elizabeth (Craig) Schaaf)