Frances Klavora Craig, 92, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at Aspen Meadows in Billings. She was born on Nov. 20, 1916, in Red Lodge, to immigrant parents from Slovenia, Josa and Frances Stoper Klavora. Frances could not speak English when she entered first grade. When Frances was 8, her family moved to Washoe, where she attended grade school.
After Frances graduated from Red Lodge High, she went to California to work for a year. Upon returning to Montana, she worked in the Bridger Cafe, where Frances met Walter Craig, to whom she was married 60 years. Walter, a Civilian Conservation Corps worker, was from Ohio, so when his guard unit was called to active duty for World War II, Frances spent the next period of her life near her fiancé's family while her husband-to-be was in the South Pacific with the Army National Guard. Frances worked in the factories of Ohio, supporting the war effort.
Under the influence of her fiancé's family Frances dedicated her life to the Lord and has lived as a committed Christian her entire adult life. She was, for many years, a member of Hawthorn Evangelical Church and, later, East Gate Wesleyan Church. Frances was active in Child Evangelism Fellowship and taught Good News Clubs for many years while her children were growing up.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Josa and Frances Klavora; her brother, Joseph Klavora; and her sister, Mary Palmer. Her husband Walter also preceded her in death three years ago. She is survived by her son, Bernard (Phyllis) Craig; her daughter, Rebecca (Al) Spencer; and her grandson, Craig Benedict.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at East Gate Wesleyan Church. Interment will be in the Red Lodge Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.