Thelma Patricia Craven, age 88, of Liberty, Mo., passed into the Loving Arms of her Creator April 19, 2020. Pat was born November 24, 1931 to Ron and Thelma Gardner in Colorado Springs, Colo. She met Kenneth L. Craven while he was stationed at Fort Carson. After Ken returned from a year in Korea they were married on January 12, 1952 in Colorado Springs, Colo. They were happily married for 68 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

Pat graduated from Palmer High School in 1950 and worked as a clothing salesclerk in Colorado Springs. After marrying Ken, she worked for the Alexander Film Company in distribution preparing films for mailing. The couple moved to Warrensburg, Mo., in 1953 where Pat worked in secretarial positions while Ken finished college. The young family settled in Liberty, Mo., in 1962 where they lived for 58 years. Pat returned to complete her degree in Elementary Education from Central Missouri State University.

Pat taught 2nd and 4th grades at Franklin Elementary School in the Liberty Public School District from 1974-1987. After retiring from teaching school, Pat volunteered with Liberty Hospital Auxiliary, and Meals on Wheels. She was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church (RLDS) volunteering in many capacities, held the office of Elder, and served as the Presiding Elder/Pastor of the Norton Heights congregation in Kansas City, Mo., from 2000-2002.

She enjoyed singing, reading, writing poetry, planting flowers, crossword puzzles and sewing. A special delight was making clothes and costumes for her children and grandchildren. As a young woman, she was known for her marksmanship, belonging to the rifle club in high school and as an ice skater having performed at the Broadmoor Ice Rink in Colorado Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken in December 2019; by her parents, Ron and Thelma Gardner of Colorado Springs; and a brother, Ronald Gardner of Kalispell, Mont.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Diddle (James), Phillip Craven (Kelli), and Misti Mengel (Greg); and grandchildren, Melissa Diddle, Laura Diddle, Aaron Craven, Alex Craven (Tara) and Kaitlyn Craven.

The family would like to especially acknowledge with gratitude the care and kindness of Dr. Burroughs and the staff at Cobblestone Family Health, the compassionate caregivers at The Laurel, Estes House at Norterre, and the staff of Good Shepherd Hospice.

Services will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, MO

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