Elizabeth Alberta Leadingham Craycraft
Elizabeth Alberta Leadingham Craycraft, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018 after a very long and courageous fight to be here for her family. She was born May 25, 1934 in Grahn Ky. She was the daughter of the late Mackie Leadingham and Nellie Brown Leadingham Porter and the wife of 58 years to the late Thomas Morris Craycraft.
Alberta, better known as “Gran Gran” is survived by her 3 children: Jeff Craycraft (Karen), Leslie Watson (Bud) & Sean Craycraft (Rachel); 7 grandchildren: Chris Craycraft (Alli), Jonathan Craycraft (Jessica), Kelsey Mitchell (Abe), Ellie Watson, Chase Craycraft, Mollie Watson, & Brianna Craycraft; and 4 great grandchildren: Brooklyn Mitchell, Gemma Mitchell, and twins Payton & Paxton Craycraft.
Alberta is also survived by five sisters, Alice Kegley (Rod), Sharon Frazier (Don), Connie Lemon, Rita Roe (Clifford)and Vickie Mosier; two brothers-in-law, George Kiser and Don Owens and one sister-in-law, Gail Leadingham. She also leaves behind many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Gomez Leadingham, James Leadingham and Lloyd Leadingham; four sisters, Berleda Stevens, Glenna Evans, Donna Owens and Shelia Kiser; four brothers-in-law, Kenny Stevens, Gene Evans, Jim Lemon and Bill Mosier; and two sisters-in-law, Marcella Leadingham and Barbara Leadingham.
Gran Gran’s life was mostly about her family. Her joy in life was watching her grandchildren grow up and even had the blessing of seeing her great grandchildren. Gran Gran lived for any opportunity to be around her family. Her life was full of sacrifice as to whatever her children needed at the time, which meant giving up careers and a materialistic life for the benefit of her kids and grandkids. Her life was not about having things, it was about cookouts, holiday get togethers and phone calls from her family and friends. Gran Gran enjoyed sports and could be often heard playing armchair quarterback. Gran Gran was kind and respectful to everyone and wasn’t shy about expressing how proud she was of her family.
A devastating stroke 11 years ago took away many of her enjoyments like reading and working puzzles. But she fought back, re-learned from the beginning and managed to overcome many of her stroke related disabilities, living long enough to see another generation come into the world. Everyone that knew her is forever changed by the courage, determination, perseverance & toughness that she displayed throughout her life. She was made of steel with a heart of gold and a character we would all be lucky to have. When we were faced with difficulties of any kind her response to us was always “that’s just life”.
Gran Gran’s life was simple, but her impact was large and far reaching. She will be missed by many people.
Private burial at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens Cemetery.